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Afsoun Afsahi

I am interested in exploring the ways in which discourses around “welcoming immigrant and refugees” can be seen as an exercise of power and contribute to the reproduction of positional inequalities. In doing so, I aim at formulating a right to non-assimilation and right to one’s own community...Read more

Alessandra Santos

Alessandra Santos

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-2346
My current research project addresses dislocations in the Latin American and Caribbean region in a hemispheric context, probing contemporary geographical, cultural and subjective displacements that occur due to economic globalization, new forms of cultural encounters, and conflicts arising from thes...Read more

Geography and Methods

AREAS: Latin America

Geography and Methods

AREAS: Latin America

Alexia Bloch

Alexia Bloch

Professor

phone(604) 822-4635
My work has focused on mobility/immobility studies through ethnographic research in Russia and Eurasia. I have conducted research on migration, anthropology of gender, and statelessness. I have also analyzed the migration of post-Soviet labor migrants moving between Istanbul, Moscow, and southern Mo...Read more

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Anthropology

Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor

Professor

Thematic Research Area

School-to-Work Transition
I am currently leading a SSHRC-funded study on working university students, a number of whom are international students. We are employing two international students as RAs (also part of the WorkLearn program) in this study. I am also very interested in community-university partnerships and my previo...Read more

Thematic Research Area

School-to-Work Transition

Amanda Cardoso

My research focusses on understanding language variation and change, the role of population movements in these processes and the effect that attitudes to different languages or groups have in these situations, and the development of new methodologies for analysing speech sounds and sound patterns. R...Read more

Amira Halperin

Amira Halperin

Sessional Lecturer

Dr. Halperin is an expert of immigration and media, researching Middle Eastern refugees and asylum seekers for the last 15 years, working from a community-base and using participatory methodology and an interdisciplinary approach. Amira consulted to the British Parliament on migrant communities in U...Read more

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Sociology

Anna Casas Aguilar

Anna Casas Aguilar

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 822-4023
I am an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia. My work explores the intimate connections between gender, nationalisms, and regionalisms in modern Spanish and Catalan literature and visual cultur...Read more

Anna Jurkevics

Anna Jurkevics

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 827-3619
My research is in the fields of critical theory and democratic theory. I am particularly interested in theories of territory and land, conceptions of home, and my work challenges the concept of sovereign territoriality, suggesting a non-sovereign approach to territory and borders.

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Political Science

Anne Murphy

Anne Murphy

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-5185
My work centres on the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, and Punjabi diaspora communities. My current research relates to advocacy for the Punjabi language both in South Asia and within diaspora Punjabi communities, with particular attention to literary/cultural production in Punjabi in these loc...Read more

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History

Antje Ellermann

My research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in liberal democracies. I am particularly interested in the nexus between immigration and the power of the law; the politics of immigration policy making; anti-immigration populism; and the intersection of migration, settler colonialis...Read more

Antje Ziethen

Antje Ziethen

Assistant Professor

I specialize in francophone literatures with a particular focus on urban space, migration, and gender. My research spans several geographical areas such as West Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, as well as North and South America. My most recent publications deal with the Black Mediterranean,...Read more

Arianna Dagnino

My main research interests focus on the effects of migration, global mobility, neo-nomadism and complex cultural flows on cultural identities, creativity, and intercultural relations. Most of all, I am interested in how processes of transculturation shape creative artefacts (in particular literary ...Read more

Asha Kaushal

Asha Kaushal

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-3905
My research examines immigration laws through the lens of legal and political theory. I study the operation of laws to find their connections, oversights, and gaps. In the immigration field, I have written about the constitution, deportation, the pandemic, economic immigration, and citizenship.

Geography and Methods

AREAS: Canada

Geography and Methods

AREAS: Canada

Ayaka Yoshimizu

My research examines cultural memories of transnational migrant sex workers and explores decolonial ways to memorialize histories of migration and sex work through performance ethnography. My current research looks at various forms of memorials of Japanese sex workers who lived in the transpacific w...Read more

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 822-9647

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School of Social Work

Benjamin Bryce

I am a historian of migration in the Americas, with a particular focus on both Argentina and Canada. In addition to my teaching in the UBC History Department, I am also chair of the Latin American Studies program (2022-2025). Beyond UBC, I am the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Canadian Histor...Read more

Benjamin Goold

Benjamin Goold

Professor

phone(604) 822-9255
My major research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police and intelligence communities, and the rhetoric and language of human rights. I have written numerous works on privacy, surveillance, and security, including CCTV and Policing (Oxford University Pre...Read more

Bethany Hastie

Bethany Hastie

Associate Professor

phone(604) 827-2634
My research examines low-wage labour migration, and focuses on understanding how legal regulations governing work and immigration status create barriers to legal and social inclusion, and access to justice for migrant workers. I have explored these issues most directly in the context of the low-wage...Read more

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Allard School of Law

Biz Nijdam

Biz Nijdam

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 822-5158
Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam is Assistant Professor (without review) in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, working on her book manuscript Graph...Read more

Christina Yi

Christina Yi

phone(604) 827-2093
My current research project investigates the discursive formation and theoretical limits of “repatriation literature” (hikiage bungaku) through an examination of fiction, essays, and memoirs on the subject of repatriation to Japan. I bring together the writings of various individuals who were re...Read more

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Asian Studies

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-4068

Claudio Vellutini

Claudio Vellutini

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 822-6795
I am an opera scholar, studying the history, dissemination, and reception of nineteenth-century Italian and German opera. I am currently working on a book manuscript on opera networks and cultural exchange between Vienna and the Italian States in the first half of the nineteenth century. I am also i...Read more

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School of Music

Dan Hiebert

Dan Hiebert

Professor, Policy Liaison

phone(604) 822-4500
My areas of interest include how immigration reshapes cities; the relationship between immigrants and urban economies; immigrants and housing markets; and the social reordering of cities as a result of immigration. I’m also interested in the nature of what is increasingly referred to as “superdi...Read more

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Geography

David Gramling

David Gramling

Professor

phone(520) 822-6251
Prof. Gramling (he/they) is author of The Invention of Monolingualism (Bloomsbury 2016, American Association for Applied Linguistics Book Award, 2018), co-author of Palliative Care Conversations: Clinical and Applied Linguistic Perspectives (De Gruyter 2019, with his brother Robert Gramling), ...Read more

David Green

David Green

Professor

phone(604) 822-8216
My research examines the impacts of migration of the receiving economy. Some of my work has explored how the impacts of the resource boom spread across Canada—more specifically, how wage increases in Alberta and Saskatchewan spread to the rest of the country; the impact of temporary foreign worker...Read more

Dorothee Leesing

Dorothee Leesing is a Sessional Lecturer at the CENES Department at the University of British Columbia. Her research revolves around the perception of restructured cityscapes. She is interested in the representation of urban environments and mass dwellings in early digital gaming, post-migrant liter...Read more

Douglas Ober

Douglas Ober is a Research Associate in the Centre for India and South Asia Research, part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and an occassional Sessional Lecturer in the Department of History, and Department of Asian Studies. He received his PhD in Asian Studies in 2017 with spe...Read more

Eagle Glassheim

Eagle Glassheim

Professor of History

Thematic Research Area

History of Migration
My main research areas include the history of East and Central Europe, Habsburg Central Europe, Modern Germany, and Environmental History.  Ongoing research interests include the environmental history of the "Black Triangle," an industrial and coal mining region spanning Poland, Chechoslovakia, and...Read more

Thematic Research Area

History of Migration

Geography and Methods

AREAS: Europe | AREAS: United States

Elif Sari

Erin Baines

Erin Baines

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-4579
Erin is the Ivan Head South-North Chair (supported by the International Development Research Centre – Canada) and an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. Her research attends to the ways former combatants, survivors of sexual ...Read more

Erin Goheen Glanville

Franco De Angelis

Gage Averill

Gage Averill

Provost and Vice-President Academic

phone(604) 822-3751
Gage Averill is an ethnomusicologist. He has written on the role of music in both Haitian and Trinidadian migration to North America, especially on music’s contribution to a poetics of place that enacts nostalgia and memory, negotiates the relationship of migrant communities to host communities, a...Read more

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School of Music

Gaoheng Zhang

George Belliveau

George Belliveau

Professor

phone(604) 822-8654
I specialize in Theatre Education, where I integrate theatre as a form of research and artistic expression across multiple disciplines. My co-edited book, Research-based Theatre: An Artistic Methodology (2016, Intellect), establishes the complexity and richness of this emerging field of artistic res...Read more

Geraldine Pratt

Geraldine Pratt

Professor

phone(604) 822-5875
My research focuses on transnational migration, care economies and performance. I have collaborated with professional theater artists to create performances on the migration of Filipino domestic workers to Canada, on migration and settler colonialism, and on the migration from Europe and the United ...Read more

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Geography

Gillian Creese

Gillian Creese

Professor

phone(604) 822-2541
I research immigrant and refugee settlement in Canada with particular attention to intersections of gender, racialization and class. My recent research charts the emergence of a new African diaspora in metro Vancouver, and my current work explores gendered outcomes for the second generation of Afric...Read more

Guofang Li

Guofang Li

Professor

phone(604) 822-6954
My research interests include immigrant and refugee students’ language and literacy education, social integration, immigrant language policies and programs, parental engagement, as well as teacher education and professional development for these diverse populations. In particular, my work explores...Read more

Guy Stecklov

Guy Stecklov

Professor

phone(604) 822-2660
Much of my research focuses how incentives affect migration decisions in poor settings, often using experimental or quasi-experimental frameworks. In recent years I have been examining general patterns of rural-urban migration across the life course within sub-Saharan Africa and am currently studyin...Read more

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Sociology

Heidi Tworek

Heidi Tworek

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 822-5181

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History

Helena Zeweri

Using anthropological methods and concepts, my scholarship lies at the intersection of global migration studies, the social impacts of policy, and the political life of diasporas, with a focus on Australia, Afghanistan, and the US. Broadly speaking, my work aims to further conceptualizations of migr...Read more

Henry Yu

Henry Yu

Associate Professor

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History

Hongxia Shan

My research interests include professional learning and knowledge transfer in the context of migration and transnationalism, migrant education, prior learning recognition; politics and pedagogies of difference. I employ a range of qualitative research methodologies such as life history research, cri...Read more

Jemima Baada

Jemima Baada

Assistant Professor

My research uses a gendered lens to examine how diversely situated individuals and groups are affected by climate change, domestic and foreign investment, health inequalities and rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and other parts of the world. I am particularly interested in learning about ...Read more

Jenny Peterson

Jenny Peterson

Associate Professor of Teaching

Dr. Jenny Peterson is broadly interested in the politics of international aid with her past work analysing process of liberal peacebuilding and critiques thereof. Finding much of this critical work homogenizing of a diverse range of processes she has recently began exploring conceptual and empirica...Read more

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Political Science

John Christopoulos

John Christopoulos

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-5938

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History

John Culbert

John Culbert

Sessional Lecturer

phone(604) 822-4465

Juanita Sundberg

I bring the insights of feminist political ecology and the sensibilities of an ethnographer to bear on nature conservation, border security, and militarization. My work seeks to foster conversations between feminist geopolitics, critical race theory, posthumanism, political ecology, and Latin Americ...Read more

Kai Ostwald

Kai Ostwald

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-8723
My work focuses on how states accommodate ethnic diversity, and how those institutions and policies shape inter-ethnic attitudes and behaviours. I generally focus on Southeast Asia, where a significant portion of the diversity results from both historic and contemporary migration.

Karen O'Regan

Karen O'Regan

Faculty of Education

Katherine Bowers

Katherine Bowers

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-6431
My research focuses, broadly speaking, on the migration and circulation of literary genres, forms, and texts across European space and the way they shape cultural production in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russia. I am also interested in the movement of ideas and in the ways information travel...Read more

Lisa Richlen

Lisa Richlen, a Canadian citizen through her mother, is originally from Seattle. She lived in Israel from 2000-2021 and, from 2004-2021 worked as an employee of and a consultant for tens of social change and human rights organizations. In 2021, Richlen completed a PhD at Ben Gurion University of the...Read more

Marc-David Seidel

Marc-David Seidel

Associate Professor

phone(604) 827-5155
I am interested in the role of migration in the growth and death of innovation ecosystems. One example in a local context is understanding the role of migration in the growth of innovation in the Vancouver ecosystem. I’m particularly interested in alternative economic models of organization enable...Read more

Marie-Eve Bouchard

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociolinguistics in the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS). I hold a PhD degree from New York University, where I specialized in both sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. As an anthropologically oriented sociolinguist, I tend to enjoy...Read more

Markus Hallensleben

My research project, situated within the wider context of the global mobility turn and critical European Culture Studies, investigates narratives of forced migration in contemporary German-language literature. Since the recent surge of asylum seekers into Europe, German-language literatures and cult...Read more

Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright

Associate Professor

I study political psychology, and in particular questions about how both political identities and core values influence peoples’ attitudes about immigrants, immigration policy and diversity more generally. My work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration St...Read more

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Political Science

Megan Daniels

Megan Daniels

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 827-1635
My research focuses on cross-cultural interaction in the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia over the Late Bronze and Iron Ages (ca. 1500-500 BCE). A major component of these broad interests involves interdisciplinary approaches to the study of ancient migration, approaches which help us understa...Read more

Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani

Associate Professor

I am an Associate Professor in the at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at UBC. I'm the co-editor of “Global Mixed Race” (NYU Press, 2014) and the author of “Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality in Canada” (UBC Press). My research ...Read more

Miu Chung Yan

My areas of migration related research includes policies and services to support immigrants/refugees for settlement and integration, labour market experience of and racism experienced by youth from immigrant families, roles and functions of place-based community organizations in supporting social in...Read more

Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 822-2100

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School of Social Work

Nora Angeles

Nora Angeles

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-9312
Leonora C. Angeles (UBC School of Community and Regional Planning & Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice) works in the area of community and international development, including immigrant integration, linked to transnational migration and feminist issues. Her most recent re...Read more

Oral Robinson

Oral Robinson

Lecturer

Migration, Ethnic Relations, Social Interaction, Development, Research Methods and the scholarship of teaching and learning. I am currently working on the following projects: Intercultural Contact and Friendship formation in Canada; Migration and identities in the Caribbean

Pasang Sherpa

Pasang Sherpa

Assistant Professor

Tashi Delek! I am a Sharwa anthropologist from Pharak, southern part of Mt. Everest region in northeastern Nepal. My research, writing and pedagogy focus on climate change and Indigeneity among Himalayan communities, guided by the question: How do we live in the midst of dying? I am currently ...Read more

Peter Klein

Peter Klein

Professor

phone(604) 822-5823
I am collaborating on an ongoing project called Strangers at Home, which looks at xenophobia in Europe (tangentially connected to migration, since the rise of xenophobia is widely attributed in part to the rise of refugee migration).

Renisa Mawani

Renisa Mawani

Professor

My research coalesces at the juncture of critical theory and British colonial legal history. To date, my work has aimed to write histories of indigenous dispossession and "Asiatic" migration (from China and India, in particular) as conjoined and entangled colonial legal processes that are central t...Read more

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Sociology

Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston

Professor Emeritus

phone(604) 822-5456
I’m interested in the relationships between native born settlers and immigrants in relation to the welfare state. My work ranges from survey- and experimentally-based work on civic (and uncivic) orientations to multi-country comparative work on immigration and social spending. Some of my research ...Read more

Rima Wilkes

Rima Wilkes

Professor

phone(604) 822-6855
My research considers the relationship between politics and racial and ethnic inequality. I have written on the integration of racial minorities and immigrants in advanced industrial democracies; some of my current research focuses on the causes and consequences of political and social trust. I’m ...Read more

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Sociology

Sara Shneiderman

I am a socio-cultural anthropologist with long-term ethnographic commitments in the Himalayas and South Asia, and emerging research engagements in British Columbia, Canada. My research explores how social transformation is shaped by dynamics of citizenship and belonging (in relation to Indigenous, e...Read more

Sean Lauer

Sean Lauer

Associate Professor, Community Liaison

phone(604) 822-1609
My research explores the sociology of community and the experience of newcomers in Canada in particular. I am interested in studying the experience of newcomers in the network of community based organizations in Vancouver and how these organizations impact social capacity development. My work also e...Read more

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Sociology

Shannon Ward

Shannon Ward

Assistant Professor

phone(250) 807-8695
RESEARCH SUMMARY Linguistic Anthropology; language acquisition and socialization; language shift and endangerment; children and childhood; greater Tibetan and Himalayan communities. COURSES & TEACHING Linguistic Anthropology; multilingualism; language documentation and revitalization.

Suzanne Huot

Suzanne Huot

Assistant Professor

phone(604) 822-7395
My research explores humans in daily occupation and activities, that is, occupations beyond paid employments and all activities that occupy an individual’s time. Using approaches informed by occupational science, qualitative methodologies, and critical social theory, my research focuses on the occ...Read more

Thomas Schneider

Thomas Schneider

Professor

My research interests focus on interconnections between ancient Egypt and other civilizations of the ancient Near East, the Levant and Northeast Africa, including questions of migration and ethnic identity, cultural contact, as well as linguistic, literary and religious transfer. I am also intereste...Read more

Uma Kumar

Uma Kumar moved to Vancouver from India in 2003 and has been teaching with CENES since 2007. She holds a PhD in German Studies, a Master’s in German Studies and a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Bombay, India. Uma spent six years at the University of Vienna, doing research ...Read more

Xiaojun Li

Xiaojun Li

Associate Professor

Xiaojun Li received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University. He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at UBC and non-resident scholar at the 21st Century China Centre at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. Previously, he was a Princeton-Harvard China an...Read more

Y-Dang Troeung

Y-Dang Troeung

Assistant Professor

My research and teaching bridges the fields of transnational Asian literatures, critical refugee studies, global south studies, and critical disability studies. I am currently completing a book manuscript on the afterlife of the Cold War in Cambodia. At UBC, I am a faculty affiliate of the Asian Ca...Read more

Yang-Yang Zhou

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. My pronouns are she/her. I study national identity, conflict, and development in the context of migration, particularly within the Global South. From 2021 through 2023, I will be on leave as a Harvard Academy Scholar and a CIFAR ...Read more

Yue Qian

Yue Qian

Associate Professor

phone(604) 822-9972

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Sociology
Postdocs

Jennifer Ma

Jennifer Ma

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research focuses on systemic oppression and addressing social inequalities through a critical, anti-colonial framework and multi-method approach. I am interested in equity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities and building resilience in our communities. I have collaborat...Read more

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School of Social Work

Monique Gagné

Monique Gagné

Research Associate

I am a Research Associate in the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), part of the School of Population and Public Health. Much of my work is focused on understanding children’s development in the context of unprecedented levels of global migration and how settlement countries such as Canada c...Read more