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Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Graduate Fellows and Assistants

Graduate Fellows

Noam Lior (Drama):

bwDSC_8909Noam is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. His dissertation, “Shakespeare at Play: Editing the Multimedia e-book,” explores the challenges and opportunities that digital editions (especially multimedia editions) offer to editing theory, bibliography, and drama/theatre theory. Noam is a director and dramaturge who has worked on a variety of early modern productions, including directing Robert Daborne’s A Christian Turn’d Turk for CRRS’ Early Modern Migrations conference in 2012. Noam is the co-developer of Shakespeare at Play, a company which creates e-book editions of Shakespeare plays with embedded video performances. For Shakespeare at Play, he has co-directed, dramaturged, edited, and annotated Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.




Brys Stafford (Spanish and Portuguese):

bwDSC_8902Brys is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His work focuses on descriptions of urban space in the literature of late medieval and early modern Spain. He is also a Junior Fellow at Massey College.







Leslie Wexler (English):

Leslie is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English and the School for the Environment where she works on the connections between early modern representations of forests and modern environmental thought.

Robson Assistants

Olenka Horbatsch (Art):

bwDSC_8916Olenka is a PhD Candidate in the Art History department. Her dissertation, entitled “Impressions of Innovation: Early Netherlandish Printmaking 1520-1545” examines etchings, engravings, and woodcuts before the professionalization of the craft at mid-century in the northern and southern Low Countries. Her research interests include sixteenth-century Netherlandish visual and material culture; printmaking techniques and print culture; Antwerp as a global city in the sixteenth century; and German-Netherlandish artistic and cultural exchange.





Colin Rose (History):

bwDSC_8886Colin is a PhD candidate in the History department. His research explores violence in early modern Italy, focusing on the incidence and prevalence of homicidal violence in seventeenth-century Bologna for his dissertation. He is also deeply interested in Historical GIS and its potential as a research tool for early modern studies of all kinds.






Lindsay Sidders (History):

Lindsay is a PhD Candidate in History. Her dissertation examines the writings of Alonso de la Mota y Escobar in his role as (creole) Bishop of both Guadalajara and Tlaxcala-Puebla, New Spain (Mexico) to parse out methods, modes, and practices of constructing the self and the Hispanic-Catholic empire from 1590-1625.

Tianna Uchacz (Art):

bwDSC_8945Tianna is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, “Sensual Bodies and Artistic Prowess in Netherlandish Painting ca. 1540-1570,” examines the themes, forms, and narrative strategies of mid-sixteenth century Netherlandish history painting, with a particular focus on the sensual nude. In the autumn of 2011, she held a three-month research fellowship at Utrecht University, and from 2009 to 2011 she was a guest researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Tianna’s research interests include the relationship between the visual and literary arts in Netherlandish culture; the implications of artistic medium for the design process, expressive potential, and perceived value of artworks; and the impact of familial, personal, and professional networks on artistic production.




Corbet Undergraduate Assistants

Emily Brade:

bwDSC_8897Emily is in her third year of undergrad specializing in History. Her academic interests include early modern social history, especially developing forms of media and communication in the northern Reformation. She is currently writing an independent study on communication in St. Augustine.






Mitchell Gould:

1bwDSC_8882Mitchell is a fourth year undergraduate student, majoring in History and English. His interests include the English Reformation, specifically during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.






Work Study Assistants

Victoria Evangelista:

Victoria Evangelista is a fourth-year undergraduate English specialist, with minors in Psychology and Cinema Studies. She intends to complete an additional year of study after this one, before hopefully pursuing graduate studies in English literature. She works in the Centre as an Office Assistant providing administrative support.

Jessica Farrell-Jobst:

jessJessica is a fourth year undergraduate in the History department, where her interests include the Henrician reformation and Erasmus’ reformation writings.





Kelsey Cunningham:

bwDSC_8903Kelsey is in her third year of a undergraduate studies through the department of Spanish and Portuguese. At the graduate level, she hopes to combine her interest in grass-roots healthcare practices with her passion for literary studies to investigate representations of well-being, illness and marginality within the contexts of colonial and neo-colonial Latin America.






Bibliographic Research Assistants (Iter)

Heather Taggart:

bwDSC_8880Heather McTaggart is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in History and Renaissance Studies. Her academic interests include the court culture and social history of Renaissance England during the Tudor and Stuart periods. Heather joins the Centre as an Iter bibliographic research assistant. 







Jacqueline Edwards

Iter Fellows

Shawn Midanik (MA, History of Art)

Johnny Bertolio (PhD, Italian Studies)​

Deanna Brook (PhD, Centre for Medieval Studies)

Lara Howerton  (PhD, Centre for Medieval Studies)

Benjamin Durham – GEMMS Manuscript sermons fellow (PhD, Centre for Medieval Studies)