Research / Teaching Area
|Dr. Fitzpatrick received her BA from UBC, where she studied in the English Honours program. She went on to pursue her Masters and PhD in English at Brown University. Since graduating from Brown in 2017, she has taught writing and literature in the US and at UBC. She is particularly passionate about first-year instruction.
Dr. Fitzpatrick’s academic research has appeared in Post-45: Peer Reviewed and Twentieth-Century Literature. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in The Nation, The Chronicle Review, The Point Magazine, Aeon, and Public Books. She is a former Humanities Editor and current Editor at Large with the Los Angeles Review of Books.
WRDS 150: Privacy
Today, we often hear that “privacy is dead.” Some blame growing surveillance by governments and by Silicon Valley tech companies, while others blame an increasingly confessional culture, characterized by constant “over-sharing” on social media or on reality television. In this course, we will read scholarly articles from disciplines like law, sociology, and psychology in order to gain a wider perspective on privacy. We will consider, for example, RCMP surveillance of Indigenous movements in Canada and the privacy implications of online learning. In addition to reading and analyzing scholarly articles, students will join the scholarly conversation by producing their own original research related to privacy and/or surveillance.