Dr. Kate Scarth

Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies

Assistant Professor, Applied Communication, Leadership & Culture

My Research

I am captivated by the intersection between place and story, and my research focuses more and more on the places I know well, especially in Atlantic Canada. As the Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies, I research and support others’ scholarly, community engagement, tourism, and heritage work on the celebrated Anne of Green Gables author. I also work on the literary geographies of British Romanticism, including writing by Jane Austen, Charlotte Smith, and John Thelwall. While I am committed to historical literary studies, I also engage with innovations in the humanities and so digital humanities, public engagement, and interdisciplinary urban studies are core concerns of my scholarship.

Giving a talk on L.M. Montgomery’s literary memoir, The Alpine Path, at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo (December 2019). Photo credit: Kristie Collins.

My Teaching

I’m an Assistant Professor in UPEI Faculty of Arts’ innovative new program, Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC). My classes instill the power and possibilities of the Liberal Arts in my students (especially in the suite of three “Putting Arts to Work” courses) and provide students with twenty-first century skills (like project management and marketing). With a PhD in English Literature, I have taught widely in literary studies, including introductions to literature and critical theory and British Romanticism. In Winter 2021, I taught “Writing by Women” in UPEI’s English department.

With ACLC student Elmira Moghimi. Photo credit: Mike Needham, UPEI.

Public Engagement

At UPEI, in the Montgomery community, and virtually through the digital humanities, I do extensive academic service and community outreach locally, nationally, and globally.