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Biographical Information


  • Name: Dr. Jason Haslam
  • Citizenship: Canadian

Current Positions

Selected Past Positions


  • Ph.D.: University of Waterloo, October 2001
  • M.A.: McGill University, 1996
  • B.A. honours: McGill University, 1993

External Awards and Grants

  • September, 2021: Redekop Prize, Honourable Mention for “Chain Gang Gothic: The Colonel’s Dream and the Spectacular Terrors of State Punishment.”
  • October, 2016: Robert K. Martin Book Prize, Honorable Mention for Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction: Reflections on Fantastic Identities (2015).
  • April 2015 – March 2021: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant.
  • May 2012: Awards to Scholarly Publishing Programme (ASPP), Award for The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (U of Toronto P, 2013).
  • April 2006 – March 2010: SSHRC Standard Research Grant.
  • September 2005: John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature (held at Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario).
  • October 2004: ASPP Grant for Fitting Sentences: Identity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Prison Narratives (U of Toronto P, 2005).
  • March 2004: ASPP Grant for Captivating Subjects: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, and Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century (U of Toronto P, 2005).
  • May 2003 – April 2005: SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (held at the Department of English, University of Notre Dame).
  • March 2003, Northeast Modern Language Association Summer Fellowship.
  • September 1998 – August 2000: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Internal Awards and Grants

  • June 2014 – May 2016: Research Development Fund Research Grant, Dalhousie University
  • October 2011 – September 2013: Research Development Fund Research Grant, Dalhousie University
  • March 2009 – February 2011: Research Development Fund Research Grant, Dalhousie University
  • March 2002: 2001 Award for Outstanding Performance in the Doctor of Philosophy Program, Department of English, University of Waterloo.
  • July 2001: Top Honours on Dissertation and Dissertation Defence.
  • November 1999: Pass with distinction, Dissertation Area Oral Examination.
  • September 1996 – July 2001: Various Internal Scholarships, U of Waterloo.
  • May 1996: Graduated M.A. on Dean’s Honour List, McGill U.
  • June 1993: Graduated B.A. with First Class Honours, McGill U.
  • June 1992: Dean’s Honour List, McGill U.


Books–Research Monographs

Books–Single-authored Textbook

Books–Edited Collections

Books–Scholarly Editions

  • Haslam, Jason, and Julia M. Wright, eds. and intro. Casino Royale. By Ian Fleming. 1953. Peterborough, Broadview P, 2020.
  • Haslam, Jason, ed. and intro. Tarzan of the Apes. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. 1914. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010.
  • Haslam, Jason, ed. and intro. Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences. By Constance Lytton. 1914. Peterborough: Broadview P, 2008.

Refereed Articles in Volumes and Journals

Review Essays

  • “The State of Prison.” American Quarterly 60.2 (2008): 467-79.

Other Editorial Work

  • Dobson, Kit, and Jason Haslam, ed. and intro. Pro/Con/fessionals: (Re)defining Ourselves and the Profession. Readers Forum. ESC: English Studies in Canada 35.4 (2009): 7-36.
  • Haslam, Jason. ed. and intro. Collaborating with History: Nineteenth‑Century African American (Auto)biography. Collaborations. Spec. Issue of Modern Language Studies 38.2 (2009): 8‑75. (This issue celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Northeast Modern Language Association. I edited the critical essay portion of the issue, consisting of four essays plus my introduction.)

Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, and Newsletter Articles

  • Rev. of My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves, by Julie Wosk. ALH Online Review, 12 (2017): n.p.
  • “Mobilizing Culture, Cultural Mobility.” Rev. of Never One Nation: Freaks, Savages, and Whiteness in U.S. Popular Culture, 1850-1877, by Linda Frost, and Trafficking Subjects: The Politics of Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America, by Mark Simpson. Canadian Review of American Studies 39.1 (2009): 105‑11.
  • Firefly/Serenity.” Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2009. 125-26.
  • Rev. of The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Reading and Writing on Race, Culture, and Identity, edited by Jami L. Carlacio. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 39.3 (2008): 132-35.
  • Rev. of The Galtee Boy: A Fenian Prison Narrative, by John Sarsfield Casey, ed. Mairead Maume, Patrick Maume, and Mary Casey. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 31.1 (2005): 139-40.
  • “The More Things Change.” Rev. of “Terror to Evil-Doers”: Prisons and Punishments in Nineteenth-Century Ontario, by Peter Oliver, and The Convict Lover, by Merilyn Simonds. Canadian Literature 170/171 (2001): 230-31.
  • “Autobiography Types: Criminal.” Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Ed. Margaretta Jolly. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 237-38.
  • “Professionals but not Professors? Some Thoughts.” Northeast Modern Language Association Newsletter 30.2 (November 1999): 11, 14.
  • “Adventures in the House of Mirrors.” Rev. of Napoleon’s Retreat, by Robert Allen. Essays on Canadian Writing 65 (1998): 82-87.

Invited Shorter Pieces


Invited Talks

  • “Whales, Workers, and the Uncanny Love of Oil Extraction.” Invited presentation. St. John’s, NL: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Oct. 2019.
  • “Melville, Miéville, and the Gothic Subject of Offshore Oil.” Invited presentation. London, ON: Western University, January 2018.
  • “New York, Utopia, and Other Queer Fantasies.” Invited presentation. Montreal: Université de Montréal, February 2016.
  • “This Desire Called Dystopia: Lou Reed, Samuel R. Delany, and Utopia’s Queer End.” Plenary lecture. Halifax: Desire Conference, August 2015.
  • “America, Prison, Utopia.” Faith and the Future. Presidential Inauguration Event. Edmonton: University of Alberta, American Studies Institute, January 2013.
  • “Prison Writing and the Ethics of Resistance.” Freiburg (Germany): Punishment and Ethics Conference, June 2005. (The conference was part of a project, funded by the German Research Foundation, titled “Law–Norm and Criminalization,” and run through the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.)

Selected Recent Conference Papers

  • “Spilling Over: The Gothic Excess of the End of Oil.” Edge Hill University (online): Recovering the Vampire Conference, November 2022  (earlier version presented at Montreal: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2022).
  • “Frustrating Utilities: Samuel R. Delany’s Epic Energy Transformations.” Stavanger, Norway: Petrocultures 2022, August 2022.
  • “Plant Woman vs. the Floating Bear: Gothic Interruptions of Green Utopias.” Dublin: Gothic Interruptions, International Gothic Association conference, July 2022.
  • “‘That electric feeling in the air’: Stoker’s Gothic Energies.” Romeoville, Il: Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror, International Gothic Association conference, August 2019 (earlier versions presented at Cork: American Conference on Irish Studies, June 2018; and Regina: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2018).
  • “Punishment and Samuel R. Delany’s Gothic Utopias.” Manchester: Gothic Hybridities, International Gothic Association conference, July-August 2018.
  • “‘Public Intellectuals’ avant (et sans) la lettre: SF, Social Media, and the Ends of Engagement.” Regina: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2017.
  • “Ellison, Delany, and the Forgetting of Things Future.” Toronto: Canadian Association for American Studies, October 2017 (also presented at Toronto: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2017).
  • “Moby-Dick and Energy Gothic.” Cholula, Mexico: International Gothic Association, 18-21 July 2017 (revised version of “Oily Dick.” Halifax: Canada’s Responsibility to Our Shining Seas: Ethics, Community, Culture, 1867-2067 (Social Sciences and Humanities Oceans Research and Education [SSHORE] Workshop), 10-12 May 2017.
  • “The Call of Cthoilu: The Weird Subject of Offshore Oil.” Auckland: Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia, 23-24 January 2017 (also presented at St. John’s: Petrocultures 2016, 31 August – 3 September, 2016).
  • “Rereading Gaol: The Terrible Prison.” Cork, Ireland: International Association for the Study of Irish Literature Conference, July 2016.
  • “‘The newly launched monster’: The Titanic Horror of the Modern.” Vancouver: International Gothic Association Conference, July 2015.
  • “Cruising Nevèrÿon: Delany, Muñoz, and the Play of Negative Space.” Montreal: Global Work and Play (Society for Utopian Studies), October 2014. (Also presented at Banff: American Circuits and Secrets [Canadian Association for American Studies], September 2014.)
  • “‘There is no God, but there is a Santa Claus’: American Horror Story and Gothic Joy.” St. Catharines: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2014 (Rev. version of “‘People want to hear about it’: American Horror Story’s Twice-told Tales.” Kitchener: Canadian Association for American Studies, October 2013).
  • “Robogod and Seaweed Salvation: Divine Spaceships, Sentient Kelp, and the Terror of the Transcendent.” Victoria, BC: Association of Canadian and College University Teachers of English, June 2013.
  • “The Terrible Prison.” Boston: Modern Language Association Convention, January 2013.

Recent University and Public Presentations

  • “Energy Gothic and the Electric Vampire.” Hal-Con. Halifax, October 2022.
  • “Melville, Miéville, and the Queer Subject of Offshore Oil.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, January 2018.
  • Invited presentation on “So You Want to Write Science Fiction” workshop event for the Nova Scotia Federation of Writers, February 2017.
  • Panel discussion regarding Gattaca, genetic testing, and bioethics, with Françoise Baylis and Paola Marignani. NTE: Impact Ethics research team. 28 November 2016.
  • “Let’s All Do Heroin: Lou Reed, Samuel Delany, and Utopia’s Queer End.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, January 2015.
  • “Zombies and Language.” Public Presentation. Hal-Con. Halifax, November 2013.
  • “‘People want to hear about it’: American Horror Story’s Twice-told Tales.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, November 2013.
  • “Queer Robot Love, or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Kill All Humans.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, March 2013.

Selected Media Interviews

  • Interview about petroculture, the environment, and Moby Dick. On the Go with Ted Blades. CBC Radio. 25 October 2019.
  • Interview, with Julia M. Wright, regarding Dalhousie’s MIT REAP expenditure. Information Morning. CBC Radio One. 26 August 2016. Radio. (Also discussed in follow-up article, “Dalhousie to recoup costs for sending Nova Scotia execs to MIT, spokesman says.” CBC News. 29 August 2016. Web.)
  • Interview about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Jason Haslam. CTV News at Six CTV Atlantic. 27 December 2015. Television
  • Discussion of Presidential Salaries and University Governance. Information Morning. CBC Radio One. 7 August 2015.
  • Panel discussion on popular culture, with Jason Haslam, Carsten Knox, and Jacqueline Warwick. CBC Mainstreet Nova Scotia. CBC Radio One. 04 May 2015.
  • Harris, Jennifer. “Alumni News.” Interview. Words in Place: English@Waterloo. U of Waterloo. 8 July 2013. Web.
  • Legge, Lois. “Tarzan’s [a] bit tarnished.” Interview. Chronicle Herald 17 July 2010: G1-2. Print.
  • Interview, Tarzan of the Apes. CBC Mainstreet Nova Scotia. CBC Radio One. 30 June 2010. Radio.
  • Murdoch, Andy. “Tarzan’s Dark Heart.” Interview. Dalhousie Magazine 27.1 (2010): 18-19. Print.
  • Background interview for an installment of CBC Radio One arts and culture program, Q, on prison writing. Installment aired 30 May 2008. Radio.
  • “Prof Talk.” Interview for the Dalhousie Gazette 140.4 (27 September 2007). Print.
  • “The Dark Half.” Dalhousie News. Interviewed on Gothic literature and culture. Print.


Graduate Supervision Areas

  • Nineteenth-century American literature and culture
  • Prison studies
  • Science Fiction literature and film
  • American Gothic literature and film
  • Theory (esp. gender, race, and queer theory)

Graduate Supervision (Dalhousie)

PhD Committees (as supervisor; completed)

  • Dr. Gregory Canning, “‘A Good Show, in a Good House, to a Good Audience’: Early Film Exhibition in the Maritime Provinces, 1896-1919.” Successfully defended 2015. (co-supervisor; Interdisciplinary PhD Program)
  • Dr. Brad Congdon, “How to Be a Man: American Masculinities 1960-1989.” Successfully defended 2015. (English)
  • Dr. Lynne Evans, “Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, and Shirley Jackson: Crafting Postwar Maternity as Cultural Nightmare.” Successfully defended 2015. (English)
  • Dr. Geordie Miller, “An Allegory of Value: American Literature Within Neoliberalism.” Successfully defended 2015. (English)

MA Thesis Committees (as supervisor; completed)

  • Kimberly Gilson, “Sowing Utopia: Feminist Community in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed.” (Passed, Summer 2021.)
  • Noelle Segato, “The Way Forward: Ecofeminism and the Creation of Society in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction.” (Passed, Summer 2020.)
  • Justin Moir, “‘In the midst of black seas of infinity’: The Undoing of the American Dream of H. P. Lovecraft.” (Passed, Summer 2019.)
  • Michael Cameron, “Morlocks and Mudfish: Anthropocentrism and Evolution in the Early H.G. Wells.” (Passed, Summer 2018.)
  • Helen Pinsent, “Keeping the Piece: Policing by Principle in Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch.” (Passed, Summer 2018.)
  • Lisa Baker, “‘Droogs’ and ‘Linguists’: Resistance, Control, and Institutionalism in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Suzette Haden Elgin’s Native Tongue.” (Passed, Summer 2016.)
  • Liam Monaghan, “Aestheticizing the Boy Toy: Queer Childishness in Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol.” (Passed, Summer 2015.)
  • Catherine Hynes, “‘Does Not Fempute’: A Critique Of Liberal and Radical Feminism in Three Novels by Ursula K. Le Guin.” (Passed, Summer 2013.)
  • Emily Andersen, “‘A Piece of the Endless Body of the World’: Gender, Identity, and the Coexistence of Binary Forces in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Tracks, and Love Medicine.” (Passed, Fall 2011.)
  • Craig Stensrud, “The Dirty Work of a Telltale: Narrative Ethics in Melville’s The Confidence‑Man and Billy Budd.” (Passed, Summer 2011.)
  • Christine Handley, “‘Playthings in the Margins of Literature’: Cultural Critique and Rewriting Ideologies in Supernatural and Star Wars Fanfiction.” (Passed, Summer 2010.)
  • Casey Stepaniuk, “Revisioning Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: Androgyny, Queerness, and Feminism in Samuel R. Delany’s Trouble on Triton and Yann Martel’s Self.” (Passed, Summer 2009.)
  • Johanne Jell, “Lilith’s Brood: The Dissolution of the Human Subject and a Movement Towards Post Humantiy.” (Passed, Summer 2009.)
  • Christine Yao, “Genre‑Splicing: Epic and Novel Hybrids in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and American Gods.” (Passed, Summer 2008.)
  • Bronwyn Rodd, “Watched and Watcher: Alice James’ Performative Body Tactics.” (Passed Summer 2007.) Winner of University Gold Medal.
  • Jennifer Plens, “‘and the years grown into ponderous volumes’: Community and the Self through the Narrative Voices of Olaudah Equiano, Harriet A. Jacobs, and Elizabeth Keckley.” (Passed Fall 2006.)

Courses Taught

Fall 2005 – present: Dalhousie

Department of English: Graduate

  • ENGL 5999, “EcoGothic”
  • ENGL 5973, “Climate Fiction: Apocalypse and Utopia”
  • ENGL 5813, “Literature of the American Prison”
  • ENGL 5821, “American Utopias”
  • ENGL 5944 “Afrofuturism”
  • ENGL 5956, “Sexuality and the Literature of the Fantastic”
  • Directed Studies Course: “American Gothic: Theory and Practice”

Interdisciplinary PhD Programme

  • INTE 7000 (Reading Course), “Cultural Theory”

Department of English: Undergraduate

  • ENGL 4885, “Afrofuturism”
  • ENGL 4880, “Prison Literature”
  • ENGL 4881, “Climate Fiction”
  • ENGL 4405, “American Gothic”
  • ENGL 4803, “Race and Gender in American Speculative Fiction”
  • ENGL 3245, “The Beat Generation”
  • ENGL 3061, “American Literature to 1865”
  • ENGL 3062, “American Literature 1865-1914”
  • ENGL 2233, “Science Fiction” (full year)
  • ENGL 2232, “Contemporary Science Fiction”
  • ENGL 1040/41, “Reading Popular Culture”
  • ENGL 1000, “Introduction to Literature” (full year)

Contemporary Studies Program (University of King’s College)

  • CTMP 3411, “Contemporary Science and Technology: Cyborgs”
  • CTMP 3415, “Contemporary Aesthetic and Critical Theory: Utopias and other Contemporary (non)Places”
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