Our President


Get to know the person behind AQI

AQI President and Spokesperson Jennifer Drouin is a former Associate Professor of English who specializes in Shakespeare studies, particularly Québécois adaptations of Shakespeare since the Quiet Revolution. Her book Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation was published by University of Toronto Press in 2014. She has also published essays on cinematic Shakespeares, race, and gender and sexuality studies, and she has extensive research experience in the field of Digital Humanities. She is currently working on a bilingual, open-access database and critical anthology entitled Shakespeare au/in Québec that seeks to publish annotated critical editions of the Québécois rewritings of Shakespeare that she analyzed in her book.

Dr. Drouin obtained her PhD in English Literature from McGill University (2002-2005) after having begun her doctoral studies in Études québécoises at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2001-2002). She was subsequently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University (2005-2008) as part of the SSHRC-funded “Making Publics” project.

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As a member of the Parti Québécois since 1998, Dr. Drouin has held various positions within the party:

  • National executive (2017-present)
  • Member of the Chantier Pays during the Saison des idées (2003-2004).
  • National executive of the Comité national des jeunes du PQ (2005).
  • Founder and President of the Comité souverainiste de McGill which invited Bernard Landry and Gilles Duceppe to speak on campus (2004-2008).
  • Regional executive of Montréal-Centre-Jeunes (2003-2005).
  • Local riding executive of Mercier (2004-2008; 2015-2017).
  • Local riding executive of Westmount-St-Louis (2003-2004).
  • Executive of student cell at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2001-2002).