Jason Haslam

Professor and Department Chair

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Email: jason.haslam@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6873
Mailing Address: 
Room 1192, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • 19th-century American Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Race Studies
  • Science Fiction
  • Gothic
  • Popular Culture
  • Prison studies


BA, MA (McGill)
PhD (Waterloo) 

Personal Website: http://jasonhaslam.ca

My areas of research and teaching are varied. My teaching covers American literature, popular culture, science fiction, and theory. My research pivots around nineteenth-century American literature, but my work on popular culture and specific genres has taken me into the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, and into other national literatures in English. Methodologically, my scholarship has generally focused on theories of identity (especially critical theories of gender and race, as well as queer theory).

While at Dal, I’ve developed undergraduate courses in popular culture, the Beat Generation, early and contemporary science fiction, and seminars on prison studies, race and gender in American SF, utopian literature and theory, cyborg theory, and American gothic. At the graduate level, I’ve recently led the seminars “Afrofuturism” and “American Utopias.”

My past and present projects have included extensive work on prison writing (both works by prisoners and more generally about prisons) and speculative fiction and film (including science fiction, the gothic, and non-realist modes more generally). My most recent book publications are a monograph, Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction: Reflections on Fantastic Identities; a textbook, Thinking Popular Culture; and a collection of essays, American Gothic Cultures.

I am currently working on a project concerning gothic representations of energy cultures (including electricity, petroculture, and others).

Selected Publications

Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction: Reflections on Fantastic Identities (Routledge 2015)
Fitting Sentences: Identity in the 19th - and 20th-Century Prison Narratives (U of Toronto P, 2005)
co-ed. With Joel Faflak, American Gothic Culture: An Edinburgh Companion (Edinburgh UP, 2016)
co-ed. with Joel Faflak, The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (U of Toronto P, 2013)
Ed. Tarzan of the Apes (1914) by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Oxford World’s Classics, 2010)
Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences (1914) by Constance Lytton (Broadview P, 2008)
co-ed. with Julia M. Wright, Captivating Subjects: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, and Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century (U of Toronto P, 2005) 

Selected Professional Positions

Co-president (with Justin Edwards, Strling U), International Gothic Association (2017-present)
President, Association for Canadian College and University Teachers of English (2014-2016)
Second Vice President, Dalhousie Faculty Association
President, Canadian Association for American Studies (2010-2012)
New England and Eastern Canada Regional Delegate, Modern Language Association Delegate Assembly (2008-2011)
American Literature Director, Northeast MLA (2006-2009)

Grants and Awards

SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-2020)
Research Development Fund Grants (2009, 2011, and 2014)
SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2006-2009)
John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature (U of Western Ontario, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, 2005)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (U of Notre Dame, 2003-2005)
Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (one award in 2015, one in 2012, two in 2004)
Northeast MLA Summer Research Fellowship (2003)
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (1998-2000)