Kate Ashley

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Associate Professor

Presently interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic),
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)



B.A. (Hons), Acadia University

MèsL, Université de Rouen

M.Phil., University of Cambridge

Ph.D., University of Edinburgh

J.D., Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Distinctions (selected recent):

  • Lorne O. Clarke Prize in Dispute Resolution
  • The Honorable Angus L. MacDonald Prize in Torts

Professional Development (selected recent):

  • Introduction to Mediation, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Path: Journey Through Indigenous Canada (cultural competency training)

Areas of teaching and research: 19th- Century Literary History (especially Naturalism, Decadence, and Aestheticism); History of the Novel; Literary Institutions and Prizes; Comparative Literature and Literary Relations (especially French, Scottish, English); Translation and Reception Studies; Literature and the Visual Arts; Language, Education, and Labour Law.

Books (recent):

  • Robert Louis Stevenson and Nineteenth-Century French Literature: Literary Relations at the Fin de Siècle, Edinburgh University Press, 2022.

Other Publications (forthcoming):

  • With A. Wayne MacKay and Lyle Sutherland, Teachers and the Law: Diverse Roles and New Challenges, 5th edition (Toronto: Emond, 2025)
  • ‘Entrenchment of Employment Inequality in the Academic Workforce: The Implications of “An” Appropriate Bargaining Unit’, Dalhousie Law Journal
  • ‘The Reception of French 1870-1871 War Literature in Britain’, in Karine Varley, ed., The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871: A European Turning-Point? (London: Routledge)
  • ‘Towards Second Language Rights? Bill C-32, Bill C-13 and the Future of Official Language Education’, National Journal of Constitutional Law, forthcoming 44-2 (Fall-Winter 2023).

Other Publications (recent):

  • Les Soirées de Médan, the Franco-Prussian War, and the Creation of Naturalist Group Identity’, Literature & History, 31:1 (2022), 7-24. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F03061973221091872
  • ‘Une “double existence”: le cas étrange des deux Jekyll français’, Revue de littérature comparée, 96:1 (381) (Jan-March 2022), 49-63.
  • ‘Zola’s English Exile: The Private Pages of a Public Author’, in Jeff Berkenstein and Robert Hauhart, eds, European Writers in Exile, Guilford, CT, Lexington Books, 2018.