Current NFC Administration and Fellows
The Northrop Frye Centre welcomes scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, areas of study, and experiences. Our Doctoral, Undergraduate, and Visiting Fellows contribute to the rich academic life of Victoria College.
Professor Robert Davidson, Ph.D (Cornell)
Director, Northrop Frye Centre
Bob Davidson is Professor of Spanish and Catalan Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities) and The Hotel: Occupied Space (U of Toronto Press, 2018). His current work includes a study of material culture and early 20th-century Spanish and Catalan narrative (By and About Things) and a new research project entitled The Scent of Spain: Fragrance, Odour and Culture that considers key fragrances and scents that contributed to the Spanish olfactory environment from the beginning of the modern fragrance industry in the country to the early 2000s.
He is the founder and co-editor of UTP’s Toronto Iberic book series and has published work on different aspects of the Castilian and Catalan avant-gardes, cultural theory and film. In addition to directing the NFC, Prof. Davidson currently serves as Chair of the Manuscript Review Committee of University of Toronto Press. He takes his martini with a little extra vermouth and an olive.
Amelia Bailey, M.A. (U of T)
Northrop Frye Centre and Victoria College Event Coordinator
Amelia Bailey is a Victoria College alumni, and received her M.A. from the Centre for Comparative Literature at U of T. She is currently pursuing a part-time PhD in Comparative Literature at the Université d’Angers. Her research interests include ecocriticism, gender studies, and contemporary autobiographical writing. Before joining the Northrop Frye Centre & Vic, Amelia worked in translation and publishing.
The Northrop Frye Centre Doctoral Fellows are doctoral students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto who are in the writing stage of their dissertation. In addition to mentoring undergraduate students and engaging with the intellectual community at Victoria College, the Doctoral Fellows present a public seminar on their doctoral research.
Dur-e-Aden is a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science. Her major and minor fields are International Relations and Comparative Politics, respectively. Her dissertation examines the recruitment of individuals within the radical right-wing groups in Canada through a gendered lens. She is a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholar, a Junior Affiliate at the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI). Along with her PhD studies, she has completed multiple work terms with federal departments such as Public Safety Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and the Department of National Defense. Her goal is to bridge the academic/policy divide by gaining experience in both domains.
Marina Dumont-Gauthier is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Department of Art History at the University of Toronto. Her current research explores the role played by female photographers in the wake of Argentina's photographic avant-garde and its subsequent development in the country, focusing on the works of German-born photographers Gisèle Freund, Annemarie Heinrich, and Grete Stern, between the mid-1930s and the early 1950s.
Since starting her PhD, Marina was a Graduate Intern in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2019–20). She also completed a research internship in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2017). Her doctoral research is funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016–2017, 2020–2021) and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award (2017–20).
Nattapol Ruangsri (he/him/lui) is a PhD candidate and course instructor in the Department of Italian Studies. His doctoral thesis employs the ecocritical approach to examine Giorgio Bassani’s environmental awareness and his role as a writer and environmentalist through both his literary and non-literary works. Topics that Nattapol explores in this thesis include Bassani’s representation of nature/landscape and environmental issues in his short stories and novels, and his concept of human/non-human from the perspective of animal studies. He is a former Vice President of UTGSU’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee and a passionate advocate of the minimal waste lifestyle/movement.
Trained as a psychologist in Italy and the US, Filippo Sposini is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST). Before moving to Canada, he worked as a health promoter in several reception centers for refugees in Italy and as a head-hunter for a Dutch multinational firm. His dissertation, entitled The Certification of Insanity: Local Origins and Global Consequences, explores the emergence of the "medical certification of insanity" in the nineteenth century. Taking a transnational approach, he looks at the influence of the "British system of certification” around the world. His research engages with some of the most delicate issues in contemporary health policy, including stigma, expertise, and human rights. He collaborates with the WHO’s Mental Health Unit on the MindBank Project. Passionate about Digital Humanities, he created mindthepast, a website dedicated to health and disability rights in history. In his free time, Filippo enjoys Delta Blues and Trail Running.
The Northrop Frye Centre Undergraduate Fellows are undergraduate students at the University of Toronto working on an independent research project in the humanities or social sciences. In addition to conducting their research and engaging with the intellectual community at Victoria College, the Undergraduate Fellows will communicate the results of their research project at Vic Research Day at the end of the winter term.
Holly Johnstone is in her fourth and final year at UofT as a History and Ethics, Society, and Law major. Her work with the NFC this year is focused on the lack of representation of BIPOC librarians on university campuses in and around the GTA. Although her project primarily explores academic libraries, Holly also takes an interest in memory-keeping institutions, public archives, and local histories in the hopes of examining the relationships between GLAM organizations (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) and the communities they serve.
Rion Levy is a second-year student specializing in literature and critical theory, and double minoring in Spanish and material culture and semiotics. He is currently conducting research on Peter Orlovsky and the threads of Surrealism in the mid-20th century United States, under the supervision of Dr. Albert Moritz.
Anthony McCanny is a fourth year student majoring in economics and ecology. He is interested in developing useful alternatives to GDP as measures of economic and societal success. With the guidance of Professor Murat Celik, he is using world survey data on emotions to measure subjective wellbeing across the last 15 years in 167 nations. The project asks what type of government spending best improves the lives of citizens.
Ishika Rishi is third-year student pursuing a specialist in Literature and Critical Theory with a minor in South Asian Studies. She is working under the supervision of Professor Robert Davidson, Director-- Northrop Frye Centre. Her project revolves around Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote and the implications of the physical, anatomical and metaphorical Insula for the character Sancho Panza. The project aims to use the linguistic coincidence of the word ‘Insula’ to explore the intersection between literature and recent bio-medical discovery.
Elizabeth Wong is a second-year student majoring in Diaspora and Transnational Studies and Ethics, Society, and Law. Under Dr. Sumayya Kassamali's supervision, Elizabeth is studying how Toronto's Caribbean diaspora uses food and food spaces to resist injustices related to gentrification and COVID-19 in Little Jamaica and Kensington Market. Her interdisciplinary work will aim to connect food with a range of topics, including cultural identity, diaspora, ethics, and justice. She seeks also to consider the benefits and risks of heritage designation for Little Jamaica and Kensington Market in light of Canada's multicultural discourse.
The Northrop Frye Centre Visiting Fellows are scholars working on research projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Visiting Fellows have access to the University of Toronto library system and the E.J. Pratt Library’s special collections. Visiting Fellows participate in the intellectual community at Victoria College and communicate the results of their own research in a public lecture organized by the Centre.
2021-22 Visiting Fellows TBC
Past NFC Fellows
Since 2015, the Northrop Frye Centre has become a cross-generational community of scholars working in different disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Past Doctoral Fellows
Catia Dignard (Spanish and Portuguese)
Patrick Marshall (Cinema Studies)
Tavleen Purewall (English)
Robert Twiss (Comparative Literature)
Emily Doucet (Art History)
Billy Johnson (English)
Matthew Thompson (Cinema)
Roxanne Korpan (Religion and Book History and Print Culture)
Nicholas Feinig (Anthropology)
Chiara Graf (Classics)
Carrie Reese (Cinema)
Christina Turner (English)
Aleksa Alaica (Anthropology)
Beyhan Farhadi (Geography)
Marisa Karyl Franz (Religion)
William Fysh (History)
Amy Fox (Anthropology)
Erica Petkov (Political Science)
Johanna Pokorny (Anthropology)
Julia Rombough (History)
Katie Fry (Comparative Literature)
Alexandra Logue (History)
Emma Planinc (Political Science)
Joanne Leow (English)
Colin Rose (History)
Morgan Vanek (English)
Past Undergraduate Fellows
Willem Alexander Crispin-Frei
Past Visiting Fellows
Dr. Anastasiya Lyubas (Binghamton University)
Professor Claire Battershill (Simon Fraser University)
Dr. Marta Manzanares Mileo (University of Barcelona)
Professor Nandi Bhatia (University of Western Ontario)
Professor Daniel Gallimore (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Professor Kevin James (University of Guelph)
Professor Edward Jones-Imhotep (York University)
Professor Thomas Willard (University of Arizona)