Dr. Smaro Kamboureli


Co-investigator - University of Toronto


Smaro Kamboureli is a Professor and the inaugural Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. Before joining the University of Toronto in 2013, she taught at the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph where she was Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature. Her CRC research project included founding and directing (with the support of a CFI grant) the TransCanada Institute (www.transcanadas.ca), organizing three international and interdisciplinary TransCanada conferences, and initiating collaborative research on the methodologies and institutional structures that inform and shape the production, dissemination, teaching, and study of Canadian literature.

Prior to her appointment at Guelph, she taught for many years at the University of Victoria where she served as Director of the English graduate program and as the first Associate Dean Research in the Humanities. The recipient of various research grants, she has had her work translated in Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, and Polish and she was a guest professor in Germany and India. On the Board of NeWest Press (Edmonton) and one of its in-house editors since 1981, she is the founder and editor of its series The Writer as Critic (https://newestpress.com/category/writer_as_critic) that has published such Canadian authors as Phyllis Webb, Roy Miki, Fred Wah, Erin Moure, Di Brandt, Daphne Marlatt, and George Bowering. She is also the founder and general editor of the TransCanada Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press (http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/press/Series/index.shtml).