Teresa Heffernan is Professor of English at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

She teaches courses in literary theory, the contemporary novel, modernism, postmodernism, short fiction, and travel writing.


Current SSHRC-funded research: “Where Science Meets Fiction: Social Robots and the Ethical Imagination” 

Forthcoming: Cyborg Futures: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (Palgrave).

She is author of Post-Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel (University of Toronto Press, 2008/2012), Veiled Figures: Women, Modernity, and the Spectres of Orientalism (University of Toronto Press, 2016), co-editor (with Daniel O’Quinn) of a critical edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s The Turkish Embassy Letters (Broadview Press, 2012); book series editor, with Reina Lewis, of Cultures in Dialogue, co-editor (with Jill Didur) of a special issue of Cultural Studies: “Revisiting the Subaltern in the New Empire” and a special issue of Cultural Critique (with Jill Didur and Bart Simon): “Critical Posthumanism.” Her articles have appeared in journals such as Studies in the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Arab Journal for the Humanities, Subject Matters, Canadian Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, English Studies in Africa, and Framework: Journal of Cinema and Media.

Series Editor (with Cathrine Hasse and Kathleen Richardson) for Palgrave MacMillan’s Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI  


A recent senior seminar: “Animal Life, Social Robots, and Cyborg Futures.”

This class culminated in the Cyborg Futures Workshop with invited international and interdisciplinary speakers working in the fields of robotics and AI.