Alumni Mentors are Cultural Mediations PhD alumni who volunteer to provide program-related support and advice to doctoral students in the later stages of the Cutural Mediations PhD program and Curatorial Studies Diploma. The program is run on a self-matching basis, with interested students invited to reach out by email to the prospective mentor of their choice.

Alumni Mentors can guide students on questions such as: How has your Cultural Mediations degree benefited you?  How do you position yourself inside and outside academia after finishing your PhD? How has your Curatorial Studies diploma benefited you? What has your experience been in the curating profession?

CLMD also offers a Graduate-Peer Mentorship Initiative, which pairs Cultural Mediations students in the early stages of the program with upper-year students. You can find more information about this year’s mentors on the Graduate Peer Mentors page.

Current Alumni Mentors Profiles

Dr. Joana Pimentel

 Dr. Joana Pimentel, Cultural Mediations Ph.D. (2018), Transcultural Bodies: a Comparative Approach to Dissident ‘Minor’ Women’s Writings in Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish. (Supervisor: Professor Catherine Khordoc). Joana is Visiting Professor and Portuguese Program Coordinator of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Ottawa.

Please note: On leave for the 2022-2023 academic year. Follow the link for Dr. Pimentel’s full profile. She can be reached by email.

Dr. Marc Raymond

Dr. Marc Raymond, Cultural Mediatons, Ph.D. (2009), Martin Scorsese and Film Culture: Radically Contextualizing the Contemporary Auteur. (Supervisor: Professor Mark Langer). M.A., B.A. (Dalhousie University). I am currently a Professor in the Media and Communication department at Kwangwoon University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2013, I published my Ph.D. research as a book, HOLLYWOOD’S NEW YORKER: THE MAKING OF MARTIN SCORSESE (SUNY Press), and have published articles on Scorsese in the CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FILM STUDIES, FILM HISTORY, FILM CRITICISM, and in the edited collections A COMPANION TO MARTIN SCORSESE (Blackwell) and SCORSESE AND RELIGION (Brill). Recently, I have been researching South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, publishing essays in the CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FILM STUDIES, NEW REVIEW OF FILM AND TELEVISION, and STYLE, as well as essays on the rise of Korean art and independent cinema, with pieces in FILM CRITICISM and JUMP CUT.

Key areas of research interests include: Martin Scorsese, New Hollywood, sociology of aesthetics, Korean cinema, Hong Sang-soo, art cinema, independent cinema, Lee Chang-dong, film festivals

Follow the link for Dr. Raymond’s full profile. He can be reached by email.

Dr. Alex Wetmore

Dr. Alex Wetmore, Cultural Mediations Ph.D. (2010), Touching Fiction: Embodied Narrative Self-Reflexivity and Eighteenth-Century British Sentimental Novels. (Supervisors: Professors Paul Keen and Mark Phillips). M.A. (Queen’s University), B.A. (Concordia University). Alex Wetmore is Associate Professor in the English department at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in British Columbia, Canada.

Key areas of research interests include:  Eighteenth-century British literature and culture; History of the novel; Sentimentalism, sympathy, sensibility in the 1700s; Environmental humanities and animal studies; And much more!

Follow the link for Dr. Wetmore’s full profile. He can be reached by email.