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Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social 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 | ART 274B
Research Interests: Indigenous philosophies; Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics coded into Syilx literatures.
Courses & Teaching: Indigenous perspectives; traditional ecological methodologies
Lawrence D. Berg | Professor | Geography | lawrence.berg@ubc.ca | 250.807.9392 | ART 368D

Graduate student supervisor


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 | ART 270
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.
John (Song Pae) Cho | Assistant Professor | Anthropology | john.cho@ubc.ca | 250.807.8908 | Arts 269
Courses & Teaching: Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality, Queer Studies, Internet, Neoliberalism
Alison Conway | Professor | English and Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | alison.conway@ubc.ca | 250.807.9701 | CCS 166

Graduate student supervisor


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, Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) | jon.corbett@ubc.ca | 250.807.9348 | ART 368B
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 | Associate Professor of Teaching | Anthropology | hugo.deburgos@ubc.ca | 250.807.9328 | ART 254

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
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 & Head pro tem | Anthropology | michael.evans@ubc.ca | ART 267
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 | ART 274B
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
Sue Frohlick (On Leave) | Professor | Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies | susan.frohlick@ubc.ca | 250.807.8525 | ART 267

Graduate student supervisor


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)
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 | ART 264
Research Interests: Buddhism; South Asia; geopolitics of heritage; space and place; pilgrimage; diaspora; transnational religious movements and networks; mobilities and critical tourism theory
Courses & Teaching: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Tourism, Desire and Difference; Anthropology of Religion; India in Motion: Ethnographic Perspectives; Ethnographic Research Methods; Debating Globalization; Tourism and the Senses
Suzanne Gott (On Leave) | Associate Professor | Creative Studies, Art History, Gender and Women's Studies | Suzanne.Gott@ubc.ca | 250.807.9671 | CCS 176

Graduate student supervisor


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 | EME 2121
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 | ART 259
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 | English and Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | jennifer.gustar@ubc.ca | 250.807.9384 | CCS 338

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
Lindsay Harris | Sessional Lecturer, 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.
Jasmin Hristov | Assistant Professor | Sociology, Gender and Women's Studies | jasmin.hristov@ubc.ca | 250.807.9433 | ART 310

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.
Heather Latimer | Assistant Professor | Gender and Women's Studies | heather.latimer@ubc.ca | 250.807.8153 | ART 261

Graduate student supervisor


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: Politics of Reproduction; Critical Sexuality Studies; Feminist Epistemologies; Gender and Popular Culture
Gabrielle Legault | Assistant Professor | Indigenous Studies | gabrielle.legault@ubc.ca | 250.807.8867 | ART 275
Research Interests: Métis in British Columbia; Métis history, identity and nationalism; Indigenous Identity and Representation; Place Identity; Decolonization; Inter-Indigenous Relations and Treaties; Critical Indigenous Studies; Indigenous geographies.
Courses & Teaching: Introduction to Decolonization; Métis People and Perspectives; Indigenous Studies Theory and Methodology; Indigenous Culture, Heritage, and Intellectual Property.
Marie Loughlin | Associate Professor | English and Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | marie.loughlin@ubc.ca | 250.807.9330 | CCS 340

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 | English and Cultural Studies, Languages and World Literatures | virginie.magnat@ubc.ca | 250.807.8441 | CCS 368

Graduate student supervisor


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 | ART 272

Graduate student supervisor


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.
Rachel McGraw | Lecturer | Anthropology | rachel.mcgraw@ubc.ca
Bernard Momer | Associate Professor | Geography | bernard.momer@ubc.ca | 250.807.9406 | ASC 450

Graduate student supervisor


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 | ART 258

Graduate student supervisor


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: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Power I: An Introduction; Women and Popular Culture; Critical Foundations: Feminism and Difference; Perspectives on Gendered Bodies; Feminist Research Methodologies; Gender, Dress and Fashion: Histories and Theories; 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 | Associate Professor | English and Cultural Studies, English, Gender and Women's Studies | Margaret.Reeves@ubc.ca | 250.807.9639 | CCS 169

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 | Indigenous Studies | marlowe.sam@ubc.ca | 250.807.8620 | ART 312
Research Interests: Indigenous water rights and customary laws
Courses & Teaching: Indigenious studies
Christine Schreyer (On Leave) | Associate Professor | Anthropology | christine.schreyer@ubc.ca | 250.807.9314 | ART 368C

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 | ASC 404

Graduate student supervisor


Research Interests: rural resilience, tourism and sustainability, landscapes of wine and food, international experiential education
Courses & Teaching: GEOG 129 Human Geography: Resources, Development and Society; GEOG/SUST 201 Research Methods in Geography and Sustainability, GEOG 318 Rural Geographies; GEOG 365 Parks and Protected Areas Management, GEOG 371 Research Strategies in Human Geography; GEOG 434 Tourism Geographies; GEOG 435 Wine Geographies; GEOG/SUST 491 Selected Topics in Geography and Sustainability: Rural Sustainability: Wine; Food and Tourism in Central Italy
Mary Stockdale | Lecturer | Geography | mary.stockdale@ubc.ca | ART 352
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 (On Leave) | Associate Professor | Indigenous Studies | margo.tamez@ubc.ca | 250.807.9837 | ART 326
Research Interests: NOT CURRENTLY SUPERVISING NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS. 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
Braden Te Hiwi | Assistant Professor | Indigenous Studies | braden.tehiwi@ubc.ca | 250.807.8038 | ART 252

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 | ART 268

Graduate student supervisor


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
Shelley Vanderburg | Administrative Assistant | Community, Culture and Global Studies | shelley.vanderburg@ubc.ca | 250.807.8298 | ART 277
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 | ART 262
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 | ART249
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.