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BA (English; Book and Media Studies) – University of Toronto
MA (Women and Gender Studies) – University of Toronto
PhD (Modern Thought & Literature) – Stanford University
Maria Cichosz is a writer and scholar of post-1945 literature, art, theory, and the history of ideas. She applies these frameworks to the study of drug histories and cultures. Her work has appeared in Critique, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Puritan, and on the CBC Literary Awards shortlist, among other places, and received support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is also the author of a novel, Cam & Beau (2020). Before coming to Victoria College, Maria was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and taught in the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Professional Writing and Communication Program. As a practicing editor, Maria serves as Fiction and Reviews Editor at Broken Pencil magazine and Associate Book Reviews Editor at The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal.
Maria is committed to supporting student writing and serves as the Director of the Victoria College Writing Centre. She brings a process-based approach to her writing pedagogy in fiction and creative non-fiction, while her humanities seminars use broad critical frameworks to examine complex cultural formations by bringing together perspectives from art, literature, history, and science. Her classes often use local sites, museums, and archives to ground the learning process and allow students to engage in hands-on research projects.