Jennifer Andrews


Jennifer Andrews profil pic

Phone: 902-494-1439
Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Canadian literature written in English
  • American literature
  • Indigenous literatures of Turtle Island
  • Literary theory
  • Comparative Canadian-American studies


  • Hons BA (McGill)
  • MA, PhD (University of Toronto)


I am the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a member of the Department of English at Dalhousie. My latest book, Canada Through American Eyes: Literature of Canadian Exceptionalism was published in 2023 by Palgrave Macmillan. I’m most interested in how cross-border relationships have shaped literary and cultural studies in both Canada and the U.S. I have supervised MA and PhD theses on a wide array of academic topics including the poetry of Leonard Cohen, English-Canadian short fiction by women, Dionne Brand’s poetry, Indigenous adaptations of Shakespearean drama, English-Canadian female fiction writers’ use of humour, Douglas Coupland, depictions of female adolescence in Atlantic Canadian literature, the increasing conservatism of recent English-Canadian historical novels, body image in contemporary Canadian women’s writing, healing in recent Indigenous women’s literature, and the reformation of Northeastern literary relations. I have also supervised several creative writing theses (plays, poetry, and prose).

Selected Publications:

“Reading Evangeline and What is Left the Daughter: Tracing American Projections of Grief Across the Forty-Ninth Parallel.” Comparative American Studies 18 (2021).

“Becoming Bird(ie): Exposing Canadian Government Complicity with Forced Adoptions in Christina Sunley’s The Tricking of Freya” 2021. Exploring Canada: Exploits and Encounters. Eds. Gerd Bjørhovde and Janne Korkka. Bruxelles, Belgium: Peter Lang. 121-130.

“German Internment Camps in the Maritimes: Another Untold Story in P.S. Duffy’s The Cartographer of No Man’s Land.” Peer-reviewed contribution to On the Other Side(s) of 150: Untold Stories and Critical Approaches to History, Literature, and Identity in Canada. Eds. Linda Morra and Sarah Henzi. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2021. 221-239.

“The Missionary Position: The American Roots of Northrop Frye’s Peaceable Kingdom.” The Journal of Canadian Studies 52.2 (2018): 361-380.

 “Escape to Canada: Richard Ford’s Fugitive Novel.”  Canadian Review of American Studies 48.1 (2018): 38-62.

“Refusing the Borders of Can. Lit.”  Refuse: CanLit in Ruins. Eds. Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker. Toronto: BookThug, 2018. 165-176.  

“Acadian Identities, Arcadian Dreams: Ted Dykstra's Evangeline.”  Reading Between the Borderlines. Ed. Gillian Roberts. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018. 310-351.

In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in the Poetry of Native Women Writers.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.  ASPP funded.

Border Crossings: Thomas King’s Cultural Inversions.  Co-authored with Professor Priscilla

Walton, and Professor Arnold Davidson.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
ASPP funded.

Selected Awards:
SSHRC Insight Grant, 2022-2027
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2014-2017
SSHRC Research Grant, 2002-2007
SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1998-1999
Fulbright Doctoral Scholarship, 1998
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 1994-1998