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Athabasca University

Dr. Patricia Hughes-Fuller

Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies



  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Alberta)
  • M.Ed. Educational Policy Studies (Alberta)
  • Dip. Ed. Adult and Higher Education (Alberta)
  • B.Ed. Secondary Education (Alberta)
  • B.A. English (Alberta)

Supervisory Interests

  • British cultural studies
  • adult and labour education
  • the politics of popular culture
  • literary and social theory
  • the literature(s) and culture(s) of Canada


Patricia Hughes-Fuller is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. She holds a M.Ed. in Intercultural Adult Education and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Prior to completing her graduate degrees, she spent eleven years as a postal worker and union activist and her commitment to emancipatory and democratic education is, in part, reflective of her life experience. Ongoing research interests include cultural and media studies, adult and labour education, literary theory, and social theory. As well as teaching regular paced core courses in the MA-IS Programme, Dr. Hughes-Fuller is currently engaged in course writing and program development for Athabasca University's undergraduate specialization in cultural studies. She is co-author of “Exceptional Measures: Public Sector Labour Relations in Alberta,” Ch. 19 in The Return of the Trojan Horse: Alberta and the New World (Dis)Order. Trevor Harrison (Ed.) Montreal: Black Rose Press. 313-327. Future research plans feature a project on family narratives of the First World War.

Directed readings in the following areas of study: critical and historical cultural studies, neo-Gramscian hegemony theory, literary theory (Bakhtin/Volosinov) critical and Foucaultian discourse analysis, Canadian literature (Canadian gothic) and Canadian popular/media cultures.

Updated December 12 2013 by Student & Academic Services

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