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Julia M. Wright, FRSC
RSC Council | President, Academy of the Arts and Humanities
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Julia M. Wright, FRSC, is Professor of English and University Research Professor at Dalhousie University. Her research centres on Irish Romanticism, but extends to British Romanticism and popular culture studies; much of her research asks questions about emerging notions of the nation, the nation‐state, and international relations. She was a tier‐2 Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie (2005‐12) and in English and Cultural Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (2002‐05). 

She is the author of four monographs: Blake, Nationalism, and the Politics of Alienation (Ohio UP, 2004); Ireland, India, and Nationalism in Nineteenth‐Century Literature (Cambridge UP, 2007); Representing the National Landscape in Irish Romanticism (Syracuse UP, 2014); and Men with Stakes: Masculinity and the Gothic in US Television (Manchester UP, 2016). She has edited or co‐edited eleven other books and four special journal issues, including, as sole editor, the Companion to Irish Literature (Wiley‐Blackwell, 2010), Irish Literature, 1750‐1900: An Anthology (Wiley‐Blackwell, 2008), and two Broadview editions of Romantic‐era novels. She has written about forty journal articles and book chapters; her most recent article, on boxing and political satire, appeared in Studies in Romanticism

A continuing thread in her research considers oceans as subject to cultural representation, particularly in relation to trans‐national concerns as in, for instance, discussions of the transatlantic position of Ireland. She co‐edited, with Kevin Hutchings (UNBC), the Ashgate Series in Nineteenth‐Century Transatlantic Studies (2005‐15) and, in 2014, she co‐founded, with Danine Farquharson (Memorial), the Social Sciences and Humanities Oceans Research and Education (SSHORE) network between Memorial and Dalhousie. 

Wright has received numerous SSHRC and CFI grants as well as awards such as the Polanyi Prize. She has been involved with the governance of scholarly associations throughout her career. She has served on the Executive Committees of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, the Canadian Association for Irish Studies, and the Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group on Anglo‐Irish Literature, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences (2015‐17; re‐elected, 2017‐19), representing 91,000 scholars across Canada.