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Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
University of British Columbia Okanagan
1147 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
Canada

Email: ccgs.okanagan@ubc.ca
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Jeannette Armstrong | Associate Professor | Indigenous Studies | jeannette.armstrong@ubc.ca | 250.807.8813
Research Interests: Indigenous philosophies; Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics coded into Syilx literatures.
Courses & Teaching: Indigenous perspectives; traditional ecological methodologies
Lauren Arnold | PhD Student | Geography | lmarnold@mail.ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My research is focused on resource management and cumulative environmental impacts, and how to assess and manage these impacts through policies, planning, and decision-making using scientific information and input from communities and First Nation organizations.
Lawrence D. Berg | Professor | Geography | lawrence.berg@ubc.ca | 250.807.9392

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Research Interests: Critical studies of neoliberalism; geographies of academic knowledge production; place and the politics of identity; postcoloniality; white supremacy.
Courses & Teaching: GEOG128 Introduction to Human Geography; GEOG359 Culture, Space and Politics; GEOG 474 Qualitative Research Methods; GEOG 480 Advanced Seminar in Critical Geography; IGS - Society, Space and Identity; IGS; Professional Development Seminar; IGS - Knowledge Production in the Social Sciences; IGS – Urban Theory.
Michele Bjornson | Senior Assistant | Community, Culture and Global Studies | michele.bjornson@ubc.ca | 250.807.9337
Christopher Buse | Postdoctoral Fellow | Geography | chris.buse@unbc.ca | 1.778.349.4242
Research Interests: Health impacts of environmental change; cumulative impacts of resource development; public health adaptation to climate change; environmental health justice; environmental policy.
Becca Campbell | MA Student | Anthropology | uncommon_happenings@hotmail.com
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My research is focusing on particular modalities of tourism within specific political, social and cultural conditions. I am exploring the link between post-colonial conceptions of “free” movement, spiritually-motivated tourism and its effects on both tourists and the local populations, primarily in Southeast Asia.
Alison Conway | Professor | Department of English and Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | alison.conway@ubc.ca | 250.807.9701

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Research Interests: Literary and cultural history of the long eighteenth century in Britain; narrative studies; and gender and sexuality theory.
Courses & Teaching: English; Gender & Women Studies
Jon Corbett | Associate Professor | Geography | jon.corbett@ubc.ca | 250.807.9348
Research Interests: Geography; ethnobiology; cartography; exploration, facilitation and promotion of community and ecosystem-based models of land and resource use in communities in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and British Columbia, Canada
Courses & Teaching: Resource management policy and practice; the history of environmental thought; cartography and society
Hugo De Burgos | Senior Instructor | Anthropology | hugo.deburgos@ubc.ca | 250.807.9328

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: Cross cultural psychiatry; applied medical anthropology; Central American Indigenous medicine and identity; social inequality and health; visual anthropology
Courses & Teaching: Medical anthropology; Indigenous medicine and identity; Peoples of Mesoamerica; social inequality and health
Lindsay Der | Assistant Professor | Anthropology | lindsay.der@ubc.ca | 250.807.8791
Research Interests: Human-animal relationships; ritual and symbolism; social inequality; social organization; Middle Eastern archaeology; archaeology and ethics; public archaeology; natural and cultural heritage; digital methodologies; iconography; prehistory
Courses & Teaching: Archaeological theory; anthropological archaeology; cultural heritage
Robin Dods | Associate Professor Emerita | Anthropology | robin.dods@ubc.ca
Research Interests: North America (mostly Canadian Boreal Forest and Boreal/Deciduous Ecotones); Egypt, Botswana, and Jordan; ancient pyrotechnology in the management of forests; landscape constructs in ancient times as indicators of cultural realities; science and traditional knowledge; subsistence systems.
Courses & Teaching: Cultural anthropology; futurist anthropology; materials analysis; Algonquian ethnography, specific American and world archaeology areas, archaeological theory.
Mike Evans | Professor | Anthropology | michael.evans@ubc.ca | 250.807.9401
Research Interests: Urban Aboriginal issues; Métis history and contemporary issues; Tonga, trans-national migration and globalization; regional food systems; Indigenous methodologies; participatory action research; community based research; and Island studies
Courses & Teaching: Globalization and Indigenous peoples
Diana E. French | Associate Professor Emerita | Anthropology | diana.french@ubc.ca | (250) 807-9363
Research Interests: Western Canadian archaeology; subarctic anthropology; applied anthropology and aboriginal issues; heritage resource management; works with First Nations communities to manage and protect archaeological and other cultural resources; provides workshops on cross-cultural communications; assists forestry licensees with policy development and cultural resource management.
Courses & Teaching: Applied anthropology; historical archaeology; cultural anthropology; ethnography and archaeology of the western subarctic
Rob Friberg | Sessional Instructor, PhD Student | Geography | robert.friberg@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My research seeks to identify characteristics that contribute to the resilience of rural communities that have been affected by or are likely to be affected by mountain pine beetle outbreaks in forested landscapes of BC and Alberta. The research will provide practical recommendations for how communities can enhance their resilience in conditions of uncertainty and change, such as environmental and economic impacts from climate change.
Sue Frohlick | Professor | Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies | susan.frohlick@ubc.ca | 250.807.8525

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Research Interests: Mobility, subjectivity, space, gender, and sexuality; transnational intimacies; immigration; tourism and travel; youth and youthhood; community-based research; urban and transnational anthropology; heterosexuality; ethnography.
Courses & Teaching: My teaching focus is cultural anthropology, with a special interest in the anthropology of tourism and travel; gender and sexuality; the politics of mobility (migration and touristic travel); and transnational/global intimacies. ANTH 295 Current Topics in Anthropology (People on the Move: Tourism and Migration)
Devin Gaine | PhD Student | Gender and Women's Studies | dgaine@alumni.ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): trans and nonbinary people "intra-action"
Marcelle Marie Gareau | Adjunct Professor | Anthropology | marcelle.gareau@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Cultural and Applied Anthropology (Contemporary Indigenous Issues, Community Based Research, Ethnography, Perspectives on Inequality).
Courses & Teaching: People and Cultures, Antropological Theory, Ethnographic Field Methods, Perspectives on Inequality, Contemporary Indigenous Issues.
David Geary | Associate Professor | Anthropology | david.geary@ubc.ca | 250.807.8165
Research Interests: Religion, transnationalism, diaspora; the spatial politics of UNESCO World Heritage; tourism imaginaries and urban redevelopment; Buddhism, modernity and South Asia.
Courses & Teaching: Cultural anthropology; ethnographic fieldwork; religion and globalization; critical tourism studies; India. Specifically, ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 353 Ethnography of India; ANTH 407 Principles of Fieldwork; ANTH 416 Anthropology of Tourism; ANTH 490H Debating Globalization
Suzanne Gott | Associate Professor | Creative Studies, Gender and Women's Studies | Suzanne.Gott@ubc.ca | 250.807.9671

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Research Interests: Exploring issues of gender, comparative aesthetics, display, and performance; and in investigating continuities and/or transformations of precolonial art and aesthetics in colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary art and visual culture
Courses & Teaching: Art History & Visual Culture
Miriam Grant | Professor | Geography | miriam.grant@ubc.ca | 250.807.8249
Research Interests: Linkages between urban food security and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa; low-income rental housing in Zimbabwe; transnational Zimbabweans; gendered aspects of caregiving for TB and HIV/AIDS patients in Zimbabwe; social and economic vulnerabilities for urban youth in Zimbabwe
Neha Gupta | Assistant Professor | Anthropology | neha.gupta@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Archaeology; Post-colonial and Indigenous studies of cultural heritage; Digital and Geospatial Methods and Practice; Landscape and Settlement Archaeology; Canada and India
Courses & Teaching: My teaching focus is archaeology, with particular interest in post-colonial and Indigenous studies of cultural heritage; geospatial and digital methods and practice; landscape and settlement archaeology and the practice of archaeology ANTH 103 Introduction to World Archaeology, ANTH 319 Archaeology of Early State Societies, ANTH 490 Digital Anthropology
Jennifer Gustar | Associate Professor | Cultural Studies, Department of English and Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | jennifer.gustar@ubc.ca | 250.807.9384

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: Contemporary Women’s Writing; Contemporary British Literature; Black and Minority Ethnic women’s writing (UK); women’s writing from South Asia and the diaspora. Feminist and postcolonial approaches to literature.
Courses & Teaching: ENGL 462/525: Writing as Resistance: Postcolonial Women’s Fiction in the UK; ENGL 221: Foundations: Literature in Historical Context II. British Literature 19th century to the Present
Kevin Hanna | Associate Professor | Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Geography | kevin.hanna@ubc.ca | 250.807.9265

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Research Interests: Environmental impact assessment; integrated resource and environmental management; climate change adaptation policy; natural resources policy in Canada and Northern Europe; European Union environmental policy.
Courses & Teaching: Environmental impact assessment; natural resources management policy and practice; sustainability practice and theory.
Lindsay Harris | PhD Student | Anthropology | lindsay.harris@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): Exploring how communities deliberate about which social initiatives to pursue, and how advocates determine the value(s) of these initiatives. Specific interests include food security, community gardening, and poverty reduction.
Rachelle Hole | Associate Professor | Gender and Women's Studies | rachelle.hole@ubc.ca | 250-807-8741

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Research Interests: Rachelle’s research programme is informed by two complementary streams: 1) a substantial focus on the socio-cultural practices that promote social inclusion and equity, and 2) a methodological focus on community based participatory research methods. Critical disability studies is central to the first stream informing Rachelle’s research in the area of community living and intellectual disability.
Jasmin Hristov | Assistant Professor | Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology | jasmin.hristov@ubc.ca | 250.807.9433

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: Development and conflict; political violence; non-state armed actors; human rights; neoliberalilsm; Latin America; land dispossession; human trafficking and sexual violence.
Courses & Teaching: Political sociology; development sociology; sociology of gender; global sociology; social inequality; social problems; globalization; social justice and human rights; classical and contemporary sociological theory; social movements; gender and development.
Andrea Keber | MA Student | Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies | amkeber@hotmail.com
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My research interests include gender, language, and power, with a specific focus on online misogyny as it proliferates via social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, particularly in North America and the U.K.
Eva-Lena Lang | MA Student | Geography | evalenalang@gmail.com
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My research will analyze the current network of the North Okanagan food system. It will also support the process of building the network to better support the regional food system.
Heather Latimer | Assistant Professor | Gender and Women's Studies | heather.latimer@ubc.ca | 250.807.8153

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Research Interests: Reproductive technologies and politics, especially reproductive futurism; biopolitics; sexuality studies; science and technology studies; feminist new materialism and post-humanism; cultural studies; literature and film.
Courses & Teaching: Reproductive politics; sexuality studies; science studies; critical race; concepts of sex and gender; social justice. Specifically, GWST 440 The Politics of Reproduction; GWST 323 Feminist Epistemologies: Gender, Science, and Knowledge; GWST 223 Critical Sexuality Studies; GWST 215 Gender and Popular Culture; GWST 110 Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Power II: Everyday Life
Anabel Lopez-Salinas | Postdoctoral Fellow | Geography | anabel.lopez-salinas@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Latino immigrants in the USA and Canada; transnational civic, economic and political engagement; US-Mexico-Canada: political/economic relations.
Marie Loughlin | Associate Professor | Department of English and Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | marie.loughlin@ubc.ca | 250.807.9330

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: 16th-century poetry and prose; early modern women’s writing; early modern drama; women’s literature; 16th and 17th-century literature; spiritual autobiography; speculative fiction; feminist and queer theory.
Courses & Teaching: English, composition and literary genre, popular literature (J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy, Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ narratives, women’s science fiction, and contemporary myth,
Naomi M. McPherson | Associate Professor Emerita | Anthropology | naomi.mcpherson@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Since 1981 in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, emphasis on traditional cultures as they transform to modern social, economic and religious ideologies and institutions; gender studies; lives of girls and women; ethno-obstetrics and cosmopolitan medical systems in rural environs; changing belief systems; analysis of myth and its relation to social structure; symbolic analysis; kinship studies; the firstborn/primogeniture; ritual and mortuary ceremony; colonialism
Courses & Teaching: ANTH 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology ANTH 313: Anthropology of Gender ANTH 333: Anthropology of Myth ANTH 351: Ethnography of Melanesia (PNG) ANTH 414: Kinship and Social Organization ANTH 419: Anthropology of Religion ANTH 430: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual
Virginie Magnat | Associate Professor | Department of English and Cultural Studies, Languages and World Literatures | virginie.magnat@ubc.ca | 250.807.8441

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Research Interests: Performance Studies; Culture, Creativity and Health & Well-Being; Cultural Anthropology; Qualitative Research; Arts-Based Inquiry; Indigenous Epistemologies and Methodologies.
Courses & Teaching: Performance Studies; Qualitative Research; World Performance Traditions; Experimental and Intercultural Theatre; Physically-Based Performance Practice; Body-Voice Integration; Traditional Singing.
Kelsey Marr | PhD Student | Anthropology | kels.marr@mail.ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies: infertility, assisted reproductive technologies, futurity, and reproductive planning in Costa Rica
Fiona McDonald | Assistant Professor | Anthropology | fiona.mcdonald@ubc.ca | 250.807.8127

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Research Interests: Visual anthropology; anthropology of art; sensory ethnography; material culture; curatorial studies; museum studies; textiles; oral history; contemporary Indigenous art; informal science learning and the environment; anthropocene; water rights; open access and digital publishing; North America & Aotearoa New Zealand.
Courses & Teaching: Visual & media anthropology; arts-based ethnography; anthropology of art; fieldwork methodologies; cultural anthropology; ethnography.
Bernard Momer | Associate Professor | Geography | bernard.momer@ubc.ca | 250.807.9406

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Research Interests: Urban cultural geography; urban planning; sustainability of cities; morphogenesis; geography of wine; the role of local culture in urban planning and sustainability in mid-size cities; changing landscapes of wine-producing regions in Canada
Courses & Teaching: Urban geography; urban planning; cultural geography. Specifically, GEOG 128 Human Geography: Space Place and Community; GEOG 250 Introduction to Urban Geography; GEOG 255 Space and Culture; GEOG 290 Introduction to the Geography of Canada; GEOG 354 Urban Canada: Growth, Form and Structure; GEOG 451 Urban Planning; GEOG 491 Selected Topics in Geography: Interpreting Urban Landscapes
Corinna Netherton | PhD Student | Indigenous Studies | corinna.netherton@alumni.ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): Legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the recent Truth and Reconciliation of Canada Calls to Action
Ilya Parkins | Associate Professor | Gender and Women's Studies | ilya.parkins@ubc.ca | 250.807.9625

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Research Interests: Feminist theories, especially epistemologies; history and theory of fashion; theories of modernity and early twentieth-century cultural formations; femininities; Periodical media’
Courses & Teaching: Concepts of sex and gender; embodiment; feminist theories. Specifically, GWST 100 Gender, Race, Sexuality and Power I: An Introduction; GWST 215 Women and Popular Culture; GWST 216 Critical Foundations: Feminism and Difference; GWST 333 Perspectives on Gendered Bodies; GWST 334 – Feminist Research Methodologies; GWST 335 Feminist Theory in the Humanities; GWST 419 Gender, Dress and Fashion: Histories and Theories; GWST 430 Femininities
Brianna Peacey | MA Student | Anthropology | brianna.peacey@alumni.ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My research will focus on how individuals in constructed language fandoms use constructed languages to contribute to their personal and societal identities. I plan to explore positive and negative social, personal, and interpersonal connotations attached to learning a constructed language(s) and participating in a fandom(s). I also aim to find out the impact that learning has in constructed language fandoms versus natural language learning environments.
Sandra Peacock | Associate Professor Emerita | Anthropology | sandra.peacock@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Relationship between people and the plant world; the use, classification, and management of plants for food, medicine, materials, and spiritual purposes
Courses & Teaching: ANTH 104: Introduction to Archaeology ANTH 111: Introduction to Biological Anthropology ANTH 227: Culture, Health and Illness (team teaching) ANTH 241: The Archaeology of Native North America ANTH 251: World Prehistory ANTH 260: Ethnobotany: People and Plants ANTH 342: Human Osteology ANTH 411: Archaeology of a Special Area in the Americas Anth 460: Paleoethnobotany
Adriane Peak | MA Student | Anthropology | adrianepeak@gmail.com
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My research in medical anthropology involves the positive and negative effects of social support systems on mental and physical health. I am particularly interested in studying the impact of programs such as psychological first aid on the well-being of individuals and communities.
Margaret Reeves | Assistant Professor | Department of English and Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | Margaret.Reeves@ubc.ca | 250.807.9639

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: Early modern women’s writing; children’s literary cultures (early modern to contemporary); early modern childhood and youth; Milton and early modern political theory; satiric fiction; women’s literature; Medieval and Renaissance studies; 16th and 17th-century literature; history of the novel; auto/biographical discourse; speculative fiction; feminist and queer theory.
Courses & Teaching: ENGL 151: Critical Studies in Literature; ENGL 212: Studies in Children’s Literature; ENGL 349A: Early Modern Women’s Writing; ENGL 349B: The Poetry and Politics of John Milton; ENGL 349E: Renaissance Studies: Fiction Before the Novel; ENGL 420: 17th-Century Prose: Women, Fiction, and Politics in Early Modern England; ENGL 521/416: Feminist Forerunners: Early Modern Women’s Literature and Contemporary Theory; ENGL 522/497: Politics of Innocence: Myths of Innocence, Identity, and the Impossibility of Children’s Fiction
Marlowe Sam | Lecturer | Creative Studies, Indigenous Studies | marlowe.sam@ubc.ca | 250.807.8620
Research Interests: Indigenous water rights and customary laws
Courses & Teaching: Indigenious studies
Christine Schreyer | Associate Professor | Anthropology | christine.schreyer@ubc.ca | 250.807.9314

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: Linguistic anthropology; First Nations language and culture; land claims and Aboriginal Title; ethnolinguistics, ethnohistory, social memory, oral history, landscape, and traditional land use studies; works with First Nations communities on language issues such as language maintenance and revitalization of endangered languages
Courses & Teaching: Linguistic anthropology; language documentation and revitalization
Donna Senese | Associate Professor | Geography | donna.senese@ubc.ca | 250.807.9372

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: Tourism, parks and protected areas; landscapes of wine: ecumene, iconography, and cultural diffusion; wine, food, and agriculture; commodified conceptions of rurality, hazards, gender, and vulnerability; regional analysis of geographic dimensions of tourism and recreation
Courses & Teaching: GEOG 128 (3) Human Geography: Space, Place, and Community GEOG 129 (3) Human Geography: Resources, Development, and Society GEOG 265 (3) Tourism and Recreation Geography GEOG 365 (3) Parks and Outdoor Recreation GEOG 371 (3) Research Strategies in Human Geography GEOG 423 (3) Development of Environmental Thought GEOG 434 (3) Geography of Tourism Development GEOG 498 (3/6) d DirectedStudies in Geography GEOG 491 (3) Selected Topics in Geography: Wine Geographies In progress: GEOG 4xx (3) Field Studies in Human Geography
Mary Stockdale | Lecturer | Geography | mary.stockdale@ubc.ca
Research Interests: Community natural resource management, environment and resilience, community-based management of forests, specifically non-timber forest products (NTFP), environmental and resilience-related initiatives.
Courses & Teaching: Geography of food systems, natural resource management, development of environmental thought, sustainability and planning, community resilience, ethnobotany, ethnoecology.
Margo Tamez | Associate Professor | Indigenous Studies | margo.tamez@ubc.ca | 250.807.9837
Research Interests: Ndé consciousness of time, place, and homeland; Indigenous women’s consciousness of land-based relations in Kónitsąąíí gokíyaa (Lipan Apache country); Indigenous consciousness along the Río Grande River; Indigenous Peoples & Human Rights; Borders; Militarization; Memory; Indigenous decolonial concepts; Self-Determination; Transitional Justice; the Poetics of Indigenous Movements.
Courses & Teaching: Indigenous perspectives of history, colonization and decolonization; Indigenous decolonial thought on governance and self-determination; Indigenous women’s consciousness and activism; Indigenous poetics of resistance and transformation
Joanne Taylor | PhD Student | Anthropology | joannemaytaylor@shaw.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): I am an environmental anthropologist who seeks to understand the inter-connectedness between humans and the environment through a political ecology lens. Presently, I am studying food and water security in the Columbia River Basin, and how a revised Columbia River Treaty might affect agricultural in the Creston Valley, BC.
Braden Te Hiwi | Assistant Professor | Indigenous Studies | braden.tehiwi@ubc.ca | 250.807.8038

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: Indigenous Health, Indigenous peoples sport and physical activity, Indigenous History, Community based research, Diabetes, Indian Residential School System, Indigenous policy.
Courses & Teaching: Indigenous peoples’ history, Indigenous health and wellbeing. INDG: 100 Introduction to Indigenous Studies INDG: 309 Indigenous Perspectives on Health HEAL: 495 Indigenous Peoples’ Health
Carlos Teixeira | Professor | Geography | carlos.teixeira@ubc.ca | 250.807.9313

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Research Interests: Urban and social geography with an emphasis on migration processes; community formation, housing, and neighborhood change; ethnic entrepreneurship and the social structure of Canadian cities; gentrification; racialization in the city; class segregation; urban form.
Courses & Teaching: Geography 128: Human Geography: Space, Place and Community Geography 129: Human Geography: Resources, Development and Society Geography 351: Urban Social Geography Geography 353: Geographies of Migration and Settlement (Portugal and the Azores/2013) Geography 371: Research Methods in Human Geography Geography 454: Geographies of Housing (Romania and Bulgaria/2012) Geography 458: Population Geography
Carson Toews | MA Student | Anthropology | carson.toews@telus.net
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My interest in Archaeology has led me to pursue my graduate degree at UBCO, concentrating my research on the Myra Canyon Trestles and the Kettle Valley Railway. Specifically, I will be looking at the campsites used by the engineers and labourers of the treacherous and fascinating stretch of railway that passes through Myra Canyon.
Shelley Vanderburg | Administrative Assistant | Community, Culture and Global Studies | shelley.vanderburg@ubc.ca | 250.807.8298
Sara Vieira | PhD Student | Geography | sara_8143@hotmail.com
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): My doctoral research will focus on the Portuguese community in the Greater Toronto Area.
Kaylah Vrabic | PhD Student | Geography | kaylah.vrabic@alumni.ubc.ca
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): The purpose of my research is to explore the barriers and challenges experienced by low income seniors in the Penticton housing market. Little research has been done on the housing experiences of low income seniors in small and midsize cities in Canada. The study I propose aims to fill a gap in the literature by focusing on Penticton, a small city, and its housing market.
John Wagner | Associate Professor | Anthropology | john.wagner@ubc.ca | 250.807.9318
Research Interests: Environmental anthropology; political ecology; water, food security and food sovereignty, local ecological knowledge, conservation and development, language documentation, Okanagan Valley, Columbia River Basin, Papua New Guinea.
Courses & Teaching: environmental anthropology; political ecology; development; anthropological theory, research methods. Specifically, ANTH 245: Culture and Environment; ANTH 300 Contemporary Theory in Anthropology; ANTH 355 Ethnography of Development; ANTH 455 Political Ecology; IGS 515 Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences
Shannon Ward | Assistant Professor | Anthropology | shannon.ward@ubc.ca | 250.807.8695
Research Interests: 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.
Amer Younes | MA Student | Anthropology | ayaubco@gmail.com
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS): Examining the existence of disparities in integration of newcomers into the model of Multiculturalism between major Canadian cities and the suburbs. I will focus on the recent immigration flow of refugees and skilled workers by exploring Multiculturalism in Kelowna and the Okanagan and benchmarking its economic, social and demographic manifestations with those of bigger cities like Vancouver and Toronto.