Ryerson University

Walter Lai is a PhD student in the joint Communication and Culture graduate program with Ryerson and York Universities (2014-2018). Walter holds an MA from Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity program (2012) and a BA Honours in English from the University of Toronto Scarborough (2011).  Walter’s research interests include trauma and illness studies, life writing and (auto-)biography, as well as comics studies. In addition to his scholarly work, Walter is a creative writer associated with the Creative Organization of Writers. At the MLC Research Centre, he is involved in researching areas in life-writing and history with focus on World War I.

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