People

Faculty
Core Faculty

Alexei Kojevnikov

Alexei Kojevnikov

Professor

location_onBuTo 1122, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia | Europe
Teaching and Research Fields Soviet, Russian, and Eurasian History Science, Society, and Culture History of Modern Science, especially Exact Sciences International Nuclear History and the Cold War

Regional Research Area

Asia | Europe

Anne Murphy

Anne Murphy

Associate Professor

location_onBuTo 1107, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia
On study leave January 1 - December 31, 2021. Anne Murphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She was founder (in 2019) and Founding Lead of the Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster at UBC from 2019-2021, and continues as Associate Lead with Dr. Hallie Marshall (UBC De...Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia

Benjamin Bryce

Benjamin Bryce

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5162
location_onBuTo 1102, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe | Latin America
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

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe | Latin America

Bonnie Effros

Bonnie Effros

she/her

Department Head, Professor

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe
Bonnie Effros is Professor and Head of the History Department at UBC. Prior to this, she was Professor of European History and the Chaddock Chair in Economic and Social History at the University of Liverpool (2017-2021). Her research and teaching address a number of chronological and thematic fields...Read more

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe

Bradley Miller

Bradley Miller

Honours Chair, Associate Professor

phone604 822 6307
location_onBuTo 1205, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
I teach courses on Canadian history, legal history, and the history of crime and criminal justice. I am also a core faculty member of the Law and Society Minor Programme. I welcome inquiries from prospective MA and PhD students.

Regional Research Area

Canada

Coll Thrush

Coll Thrush

Professor

location_onBuTo 1222, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada | United States
I was raised in Auburn, Washington, about an hour from Seattle, in the treaty territory of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Before arriving at UBC in 2005, I taught at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University and worked as a historian for Muckleshoot.

Regional Research Area

Canada | United States
ON LEAVE
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Courtney Booker

phone604 822 6480
location_onBuTo 1121, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Europe
On Research Leave, July 2022–July 2023

Regional Research Area

Europe

Thematic Research Area

Politics & the State | Religion

Crystal Webster

Crystal Webster

Assistant Professor

location_onBuTo 1202, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

United States
ON LEAVE
Sept 1, 2022 - Aug 31, 2023

David Morton

phone604 822 5195
location_onBuTo 1104, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East
I am a historian of southern Africa, African urbanism, and decolonization, with specific expertise in informal settlement and the histories of Mozambique and its capital Maputo. I am on research leave during academic year 2022-23.

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East

Eagle Glassheim

Eagle Glassheim

Professor

location_onBuTo 1221, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Europe
Office hours in person on Thursdays 10-11, and by appointment over zoom.

Regional Research Area

Europe

Glen Peterson

Glen Peterson

Professor

phone604 822 5177
location_onBuTo 1120, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia
Office Hours: glen.peterson@ubc.ca  

Regional Research Area

Asia

Heidi Tworek

Heidi Tworek

Canada Research Chair, Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Associate Professor

location_on1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe
Dr. Heidi Tworek is a Canada Research Chair and associate professor of international history and public policy at UBC. She directs the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Her work examines history and policy around communications, particularly the effects of new media technologies on de...Read more

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe

Henry Yu

Henry Yu

Associate Professor

phone778 895 5088
location_onBuTo 1116, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia | Canada | United States
As a history professor, Dr. Yu’s research and teaching has been built around collaborations with local community organizations, civic institutions such as museums, and multiple levels of government. He is passionate about helping British Columbians and Canadians undo the cultural and historical le...Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia | Canada | United States

Hicham Safieddine

Hicham Safieddine

Assistant Professor

phone604-822-5073
location_onBuTo 1209
I am a scholar of political economy and intellectual history (19th and 20th centuries) with a particular emphasis on the MENA region. I am also an advocate of financial literacy in the face of financialization of everyday life. I am currently researching financial (de)colonization on a global scale....Read more
ON LEAVE
July 1 - Dec 30, 2022

Jeffrey Byrne

Jeffrey Byrne

ON LEAVE
July 1 - Dec 30, 2022

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5194
location_onBuTo 1101, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East
I study the postcolonial origins of our collective present in world affairs. My first book, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order (Oxford University Press, 2016), showed how South-South exchanges of methodologies of revolution built our state-centric world order. T...Read more

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East
ON LEAVE
Until December 31, 2022

Jessica Hanser

Jessica Hanser

ON LEAVE
Until December 31, 2022

Associate Professor

location_onBuTo 1203, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia | Europe
My research explores connections, relationships and interactions between Britain and China from 1600 until the First Opium War (1839–1842). My new book project focuses on Britain's involvement in slavery and human trafficking in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea between 1600 and 1850. Methodo...Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia | Europe
ON LEAVE
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Jessica Wang

phone604 822 4500
location_onGEOG 140E (Geography Building)

Regional Research Area

United States
Joint appointment in the Department of Geography. On study leave, July 2022 - June 2023.  

Regional Research Area

United States

John Christopoulos

John Christopoulos

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5938
location_onBuTo 1206, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Europe
Office Hours: Thursday: 12:00-15:00

Regional Research Area

Europe
ON LEAVE
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

John Roosa

phone604 822 5175
location_onBuTo 1115 / 1214B, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia
Office Hours: Tuesday: 10:30-12:30

Regional Research Area

Asia

Joy Dixon

Joy Dixon

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5748
location_onBuTo 1125, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Europe
In 2022-2024 I'll be teaching in the Arts One program -- The Sources of the Self. See the description of the program here: https://artsone.arts.ubc.ca/themes/2022-2024-sources-of-the-self/sources-of-the-self/

Regional Research Area

Europe

Kelly McCormick

Kelly McCormick

Assistant Professor

phone604 822 5161
location_onBuTo 1207, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia
Teaching/Supervision HIST 201 History Through Photographs How has photography changed the way that we understand and study past historical events? This course explores how historians might learn to “read” images and how photographic images change our relationship with the past. We'll trace...Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia

Laura Ishiguro

Laura Ishiguro

she/her/hers

Associate Professor

location_onBuTo 1201, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
For information about my research, teaching, supervision, service, and speaking engagements, please see my website.

Regional Research Area

Canada
ON LEAVE
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Leo Shin

phone604 822 5167
location_onBuTo 1223, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia
Leo K. Shin is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies as well as the Convenor of the Hong Kong Studies Initiative at the University of British Columbia. Born and raised in the former British colony, Dr. Shin was for a brief period an education and political reporter for The Hong Kong Stand...Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia
ON LEAVE
Until December 31, 2022

Leslie Paris

Leslie Paris

ON LEAVE
Until December 31, 2022

Associate Professor

phone604 822 8810
location_onBuTo 1225, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

United States
Office Hours: On leave, 2022

Regional Research Area

United States

Michael Lanthier

Michael Lanthier

Undergraduate Advisor, Lecturer, IR Co-Chair

location_onBuTo 1106, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada
Majors Advisor Office Hours: December 2019: -Tuesday, Dec. 3rd: 13:00-14:30 -Friday, Dec. 6th: 13:00-14:30 -Tuesday, Dec. 10th: 13:00-14:30 -Wednesday, Dec. 11th: 13:00-14:30 -Friday, Dec. 13th: 13:00-14:30
ON LEAVE
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Michel Ducharme

phone604 822 5642
location_onBuTo 1218, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
On study leave 2022-23 Office Hours: N/A  

Regional Research Area

Canada

Paige Raibmon

Paige Raibmon

she/her

Graduate Advisor, Professor

location_onBuTo 1220, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
My research engages a range of questions united by my preoccupation with Indigenous peoples' endurance and resurgence in the face of settler colonialism's historical workings and on-going implications.

Regional Research Area

Canada

Pheroze Unwalla

Pheroze Unwalla

he/him/his

Assistant Professor of Teaching, History / Chair, Middle East Studies

location_onBuTo 1208, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East
I am a historian of Turkey and the modern Middle East whose main research interests include memory, trauma, nationalism and space. As EL-stream faculty, I am presently focused on expanding Middle East Studies (MES) at UBC and developing new pedagogical approaches in MES and Middle East History.

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East
ON LEAVE
Until December 31, 2022

Richard Menkis

Richard Menkis

ON LEAVE
Until December 31, 2022

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5163
location_onBuTo 1204, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe
Office Hours: Tuesday: 11:00-12:00 Wednesday: 11:00-12:00

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe
ON LEAVE
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Robert Brain

phone604 822 5409
location_onBuTo 1119, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Europe
Office Hours Tue: 11:00-12:00 Thu: 15:30-16:30

Regional Research Area

Europe

Thematic Research Area

Science, Technology, & Medicine

Sara Ann Knutson

Sara Ann Knutson

She/ her

Assistant Professor of Teaching

phone604.822.5178
location_onBuTo 1109, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Asia | Europe
Sara Ann Knutson is Assistant Professor of Teaching and a historian and archaeologist of premodern Afro-Eurasia, including the Islamic World. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, MPhil in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, and BA in History from ...Read more

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Asia | Europe

Shoufu Yin

Shoufu Yin

Assistant Professor

location_onBuTo 1103, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada
Shoufu Yin is an assistant professor in history at the University of British Columbia. His research centers on Chinese and Inner Asian political cultures and thoughts in global historical contexts, and his courses explore innovative ways of learning histories and humanities. Specializing in areas...Read more

Steven Lee

Steven Lee

Undergraduate Chair, Associate Professor

phone604 822 5164
location_onBuTo 1224, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia | Canada | United States
Office Hours On leave in 2019-2020 Service Associate Editor, Journal of American-East Asian Relations

Regional Research Area

Asia | Canada | United States

Tamara Myers

Tamara Myers

Professor

phone604 822 4010
location_onBuTo 1219, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada | United States
President, Society for the History of Children and Youth, 2019-21. shcy.org

Regional Research Area

Canada | United States
ON LEAVE
July 1 - December 31, 2022

Timothy Cheek

phone604 822 6206
location_onChoi 371, Choi Building 1855 West Mall Room 371, V6T1Z2 Vancouver , BC Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia

Regional Research Area

Asia

Tina Loo

Tina Loo

Professor

phone604 822 5173
location_onBuTo 1124, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada

William French

William French

Associate Head, Associate Professor

location_onBuTo 1123, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Latin America
Office Hours: Tuesday: 14:00-15:00

Regional Research Area

Latin America

Thematic Research Area

Gender, Sexuality, & the Body
Sessional Faculty

Amaan Merali

Amaan Merali

Sessional Instructor

location_onBuTo 1114, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Asia
Amaan Merali, DPhil (Oxon)

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Asia

Ania Switzer

Ania Switzer

she/her

Sessional Lecturer

Regional Research Area

Europe
My research and teaching lies at the intersection of political sociology, history, and cultural anthropology. I explore the connections between national identity and religion, as well collective memory processes and national mythology. I am currently working on a book which analyses the reconfigurat...Read more

Regional Research Area

Europe

Avram Agov

Avram Agov

Sessional Lecturer

Regional Research Area

Asia

Regional Research Area

Asia

Clement Tong

Clement Tong

Sessional Lecturer

location_on604-1871 West Mall, Vancouver , BC, V6T1Z2, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia
Dr. Clement Tong is an assistant professor of biblical studies and the coordinator of the Global Mandarin Program at the ACTS Seminaries (TWU). He is also a History and Asian Studies lecturer at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia. Havi...Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia

Colin Grittner

Colin Grittner

Sessional Lecturer

location_onBuTo 1297, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada

David Borys

David Borys

Sessional Lecturer

location_onBuTo 1295, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
David Borys is a Canadianist who specializes in Canadian Military History specifically examining the changing nature that warfare has wrought on Canadian society. His most recent book titled Civilians at the Sharp End examines the relationship between the soldiers of First Canadian Army and the civi...Read more

Regional Research Area

Canada

Delbar Khakzad

Delbar Khakzad

Sessional Instructor

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East
Teaching and Supervision Course Instructor, University of British Columbia Islamic World History - Winter 2022 Course Instructor, University of Toronto Religion and Science - Summer 2020 Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto Religion and Nature - Fall 2021 Introduction to the Study of R...Read more

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East

Dexter Fergie

Dexter Fergie

Sessional Lecturer

Edgar Liao

Edgar Liao

Sessional Instructor

Regional Research Area

Asia
Edgar's research and teaching interests sit at the intersection between the global history of childhood and youth and the study of imperialism, colonialism and nationalism and the Cold War in Southeast Asia. His current dissertation traces the history of the making of "youth" in post-1942 Singapore....Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia

Jack Fairey

Jack Fairey

Sessional Lecturer

Jihyun Shin

Jihyun Shin

Sessional Lecturer

location_onBuchanan Tower 1114

Josh Timmermann

Josh Timmermann

Sessional Lecturer

location_onBuchanan Tower, room 1210

Regional Research Area

Europe
I am an historian of Late Antiquity and early medieval Europe, in particular the Carolingian era (ca. 751–888 C.E.) and with emphases on intellectual, cultural, and reception history. My forthcoming book is concerned with perceptions and applications of the texts, ideas, and famous writers of the ...Read more

Regional Research Area

Europe

Thematic Research Area

Politics & the State | Religion

Lara Silver

Lara Silver

Sessional Lecturer

location_onBuTo 1108, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe | United States
I joined the Department of History in September 2007 and deliver lectures in Canadian-American relations, international relations of the twentieth century, American history, and postwar British history. I have also held lecturing positions at Canterbury Christ Church University and at the University...Read more

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe | United States

Mary Carol Matheson

Mary Carol Matheson

Sessional Lecturer

phone604-822-5178

Regional Research Area

Europe
History 367, Europe During the Age of Enlightenment (2021W Term 2) Buchanan Tower #1235

Regional Research Area

Europe

Thematic Research Area

Politics & the State | Public History

Murat Ozyuksel

Murat Ozyuksel

Department of History

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East

Thematic Research Area

Empire & Colonialism

Sharanjit Sandhra

Sharanjit Sandhra

PhD Student

phone604 851 6325

Tucker Sharon

Tucker Sharon

Sessional Lecturer

location_onBuTo 1235, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Latin America
Office Hours Thurs: 12-1pm Courses Taught Outside the Department LAST 100: Introduction to Latin American Studies

Regional Research Area

Latin America
Adjunct Faculty

David Eltis

David Eltis

Adjunct Professor

phone404 727 2184
location_onBuTo 1297, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Julian Weideman

Julian Weideman

Associate Member

I study modern North Africa and the Middle East with a focus on political economy, Islamic thought, and colonialism. My work mainly draws on sources from the Tunisian National Archives. At UBC, I am a postdoctoral fellow with the Database of Religious History.

Nataliia Ivchyk

Nataliia Ivchyk

Visiting Associate Professor

Regional Research Area

Europe

Regional Research Area

Europe
Postdoctoral Fellows

Michael Rom

Michael Rom

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

location_onBuTo 1113, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Latin America
My research examines the relationship between politics, ethnicity, and belonging in Brazil. I am currently writing a book entitled "Brazilian Belonging: Jewish Politics in Cold War Latin America."

Regional Research Area

Latin America
Administrative Faculty

Bonnie Effros

Bonnie Effros

she/her

Department Head, Professor

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe
Bonnie Effros is Professor and Head of the History Department at UBC. Prior to this, she was Professor of European History and the Chaddock Chair in Economic and Social History at the University of Liverpool (2017-2021). Her research and teaching address a number of chronological and thematic fields...Read more

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe

Bradley Miller

Bradley Miller

Honours Chair, Associate Professor

phone604 822 6307
location_onBuTo 1205, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
I teach courses on Canadian history, legal history, and the history of crime and criminal justice. I am also a core faculty member of the Law and Society Minor Programme. I welcome inquiries from prospective MA and PhD students.

Regional Research Area

Canada

Michael Lanthier

Michael Lanthier

Undergraduate Advisor, Lecturer, IR Co-Chair

location_onBuTo 1106, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada
Majors Advisor Office Hours: December 2019: -Tuesday, Dec. 3rd: 13:00-14:30 -Friday, Dec. 6th: 13:00-14:30 -Tuesday, Dec. 10th: 13:00-14:30 -Wednesday, Dec. 11th: 13:00-14:30 -Friday, Dec. 13th: 13:00-14:30

Paige Raibmon

Paige Raibmon

she/her

Graduate Advisor, Professor

location_onBuTo 1220, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
My research engages a range of questions united by my preoccupation with Indigenous peoples' endurance and resurgence in the face of settler colonialism's historical workings and on-going implications.

Regional Research Area

Canada

Steven Lee

Steven Lee

Undergraduate Chair, Associate Professor

phone604 822 5164
location_onBuTo 1224, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia | Canada | United States
Office Hours On leave in 2019-2020 Service Associate Editor, Journal of American-East Asian Relations

Regional Research Area

Asia | Canada | United States

William French

William French

Associate Head, Associate Professor

location_onBuTo 1123, 1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T1Z1, Canada

Regional Research Area

Latin America
Office Hours: Tuesday: 14:00-15:00

Regional Research Area

Latin America

Thematic Research Area

Gender, Sexuality, & the Body