DR Sarah E. Truman

DR Sarah E. Truman


  • Affect Theory, Queer Theory, Feminist New Materialisms, Cultural Studies
  • Curriculum Studies and Pedagogy
  • English Literary Education
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Research-Creation



  • Dr. Truman's qualitative research focuses on English literary education: specifically, how literary studies and literary interpretation are enacted in the secondary English curriculum; QT/BIPOC speculative fiction; and pedagogies of reading and writing. Her research is informed by curriculum studies and the feminist new materialisms, with a particular interest in theories of affect, queer theory, and speculative pragmatism. Dr. Truman is trained in qualitative research methods in the social sciences, and research-creation practices that straddle the social sciences, humanities, and arts. She is co-author of Walking Methodologies in More-than-Human World: Walkinglab (Routledge, 2018); co-editor of Pedagogical Matters: New Materialism and Curriculum Studies (Peter Lang, 2016); and author of Searching for Guan Yin (White Pine, 2011). Dr. Truman's research has been supported through: a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Canada; four Ontario Graduate Scholarships; a Writer's Works in Progress Grant, from the Ontario Arts Council; and a Writer's Reserve Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. She won a National Magazine Award (Canada) for creative non-fiction writing on China. Dr. Truman is co-director of the international walking research-creation collective WalkingLab (www.walkinglab.org), and one half of the electronic music duo Oblique Curiosities (www.obliquecuriosities.com) Her personal website is: www.sarahetruman.com   


Member of

  • American Educational Research Association. Member 2014 -
  • Ontario College of Teachers. Teacher of Secondary English and Intermediate and Secondary First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies 2012 -
  • Welsh Joint Council. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Secondary English Language and Literature 2011 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017 ($81, 000) Ontario Graduate Scholarship(s), 2014-2017 ($60, 000) Ontario Arts Council Writers' Reserve Grant, 2014 ($1,500) Ontario Arts Council Writers' Works in Progress Grant, 2009 ($12, 000)   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Toronto, University of Toronto 2017

Awards and honors

  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, $81, 000, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, 2017
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, $60, 000, Ontario Graduate Scholarship Council, 2014
  • Writer's Reserve Grant ($1, 500), Ontario Arts Council, 2013
  • Writers' Works in Progress Grant ($12, 000), Ontario Arts Council, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • English Literary Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Queer Theory, Affect Theory, Feminist New Materialisms, Cultural Studies, Qualitative Research Methodologies, Research-Creation