University of Calgary

Leah Van Dyk

  • Doctoral Student

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Professional Description


My primary research interests are located around the environmental humanities and radical revisionings of being in community — both pedagogically and practically — as a model of literary practice. My current work explores the intersections of environmental policy, activism, and land-based narratives of resistance. I am a Killam Laureate (2020-2022) and hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship:


Some recent publications include:

  • Nature as radical space in queer young adult narratives (Research on Diversity in Youth Literature)
  • Archival practice and public-facing pedagogy in Canadian audio archives (English Studies in Canada)
  • Eco-conscious memory and the power of story (Herbaria 3.0)

I am currently a researcher on the SSHRC-funded, multi-institutional SpokenWeb project:

I am also the Director (2020-), a member of the Anti-Racism and Decolonization Community Collective (ARDCC), and the former President (2019-2020), of the English Department Graduate Association (EDGA). I welcome inquiries on graduate student experience in the Department of English.

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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