Dr. Christian Riegel

Professor of Health Humanities and English
BA Hons (Bishop’s), MA (Acadia), PhD (Alberta)

Phone: 306.586.4242 ext. 219 | Office: CM 505

Short Bio

Christian Riegel teaches Canadian literature, health and medical humanities, Holocaust writing, and creative writing. His creative work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Grain, Flood Quarterly, Gaspereau Review, and New Delta Review. He is co-director of the Interactive Media, Poetics, Aesthetics, Cognition, and Technology (IMPACT) Lab, located at Innovation Place on the University of Regina campus. The lab’s focus is on collaborative interdisciplinary research relating to eye tracking technology and digital tools, with a particular emphasis on disability and technology. He has received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a UK-based organization dedicated to social progress and development.

Current Scholarly Projects

  • Writing a book on mourning and memorial in Canadian literature
  • Working on various projects relating to eye tracking, art creation, disability, ableism, and research epistemologies

Representative Publications


  • Special Issue of Prairie Fire Magazine on the writing of Birk Sproxton. Edited volume. 34.3, 2013.
  • Twenty-First Century Canadian Writers, a volume in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Editor. New York: Thomson Gale.  Edited volume. 2007.
  • Response to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning. Edited volume. Edmonton: U of Alberta Press, co-published with the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature as a special themed issue, 2005.
  • Writing Grief: Margaret Laurence and the Work of Mourning. Winnipeg: U of Manitoba Press, 2003.
  • A Sense of Place: Re-evaluating Regionalism in Canadian and American Writing. Edited volume. (With Herb Wyile, Karen Overbye, and Don Perkins). Edmonton: U of Alberta Press. Co-published with Textual Studies in Canada as a special issue. 1998.
  • Challenging Territory: The Writing of Margaret Laurence.  Edited volume. Edmonton: U of Alberta Press, 1997.

Articles and Chapters

  • “The Work of Mourning in Twentieth-Century Fiction.” In Exploring Grief. Eds. Michael Hviid Jacobsen & Anders Petersen. London: Routledge, 2019.
  • “Joan Crate, Indigenous Identity, and the Reach of Global Colonialism in Foreign Homes.Forum for World Literature Studies 9.3. 2017.  443-460.
  • “Mourning, Memorial, and the Yizkor Books in Eli Mandel’s Out of Place.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal 50.2. 2017. 187-204.
  • “Harnessing Quantitative Eye Tracking Data to Create Art: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Data Visualization” (with Katherine M. Robinson & Ashley Herman). Body, Space, Technology Journal 16, 2017.