People

Faculty
Core Faculty
ON LEAVE
Sabbatical Leave from Sept 2023 to Aug 2024

Alexei Kojevnikov

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
Anne Murphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Chair of Punjabi Language, Literature and Sikh Studies. She is a cultural and intellectual historian whose work focuses on the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, with interests in language and literary cultures, the history of ...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
My research focuses on migration, health, education, and religion. At UBC, I teach courses on global history, migration, imperialism, and anticolonialism. 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 Historical...Read more

Regional Research Area

Canada | Europe | Latin America
ON LEAVE
On partial leave till 30 April 2024

Bonnie Effros

Bonnie Effros

ON LEAVE
On partial leave till 30 April 2024

she/her

Department Head, Professor

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe
Bonnie Effros has been Professor and Head of the History Department at UBC since January 2022. 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 chronolo...Read more

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe

Bradley Miller

Bradley Miller

Honours Chair, Associate Professor

phone604 822 6307
location_onBuTo 1118, 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

Clare Crowston

Clare Crowston

Professor

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

Courtney Booker

Courtney Booker

TA Coordinator, Associate Professor

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

Regional Research Area

Europe
I am a historian of medieval Europe, with a focus on Carolingian intellectual and cultural history.

Regional Research Area

Europe

Thematic Research Area

Politics & the State | Religion

Crystal Webster

Crystal Webster

Associate Professor

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

Regional Research Area

United States

David Morton

David Morton

Associate Professor

phone604 822 5195
location_onBuTo 1116, 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.

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 9:30-10:30, and by appointment over zoom.

Regional Research Area

Europe

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 1104, 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

Associate Professor

phone604-822-5073
location_onBuTo 1209
Hicham Safieddine is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East. He researches financial, economic and intellectual history (19th and 20th centuries) with a particular emphasis on the MENA region. He is currently examining the emergence and transformati...Read more

Jeffrey Byrne

Jeffrey Byrne

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

Jessica Wang

Jessica Wang

Professor

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
I am a historian of early modern Europe with a research focus on sixteenth and seventeenth century Italy. My research explores the intersections of medicine, law and religion. My first book, Abortion in Early Modern Italy, examined Italian attitudes and practices surrounding abortion. My current pr...Read more

Regional Research Area

Europe

John Roosa

John Roosa

Professor

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

Regional Research Area

Asia
Office Hours: Office hours by appointment.

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
I am a historian of modern Japanese material and visual culture. My research explores the ways Japan's social, political and cultural transformations shape photographic culture and the mass press; state implementations of photography and uses of photography against the state; the gendering of photog...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

Leo Shin

Leo Shin

Associate Professor

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

Leslie Paris

Leslie Paris

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

Michel Ducharme

Michel Ducharme

Associate Professor

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

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

Associate 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

Richard Menkis

Richard Menkis

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

Robert Brain

Robert Brain

Graduate Advisor, Associate Professor

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 & Chair of Medieval Studies

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 (she/ her) is Assistant Professor of Teaching, chair of Medieval Studies, and a historian and anthropological archaeologist specializing in premodern Afro-Eurasia, including the Islamic World and Scandinavia, and contemporary cultural heritage. Her research and teaching examine t...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

Regional Research Area

Asia
Shoufu Yin is an assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia. His primary expertise lies in the intellectual and political cultures of China and Inner Asia from the eleventh to the seventeenth centuries. Simultaneously, his interests extend to the global histories of politic...Read more

Regional Research Area

Asia

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

Acting Head, 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

Timothy Cheek

Timothy Cheek

Professor

phone604 822 6206
location_onChoi 276, Choi Building 1855 West Mall, V6T1Z2 Vancouver, BC Canada

Regional Research Area

Asia
In the 2023-24 academic year I will be teaching "Readings in Chinese History (post-1911)" HIST 561 in the fall and "The Making of Modern China" HIST 380A in the spring. Office hours: Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 PM, Choi 276 (1855 West Mall).

Regional Research Area

Asia
ON LEAVE
Until June 24, 2024

Tina Loo

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

Regional Research Area

Canada

Regional Research Area

Canada
Sessional Faculty

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

Regional Research Area

Canada

David Borys

David Borys

Sessional Lecturer

location_onBuTo 1235, 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

Jay Eidelman

Jay Eidelman

Sessional Lecturer

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

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

Meghan Longstaffe

Meghan Longstaffe

she/her/hers

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Instructor

Regional Research Area

Canada
I am a White settler who lives and works on traditional and unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. I work on histories of women, poverty, and activism in the late twentieth century, especially Downtown Eastside Va...Read more

Regional Research Area

Canada

Nataliia Ivchyk

Nataliia Ivchyk

Visiting Associate Professor

Regional Research Area

Europe

Regional Research Area

Europe

Xian Wang

Xian Wang

Sessional Lecturer

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

Regional Research Area

Asia
My PhD is in history, in the field of modern Chinese history, specializing in the history of the People’s Republic of China. My work focuses on religion and politics, oral history and memory studies, and the history of state violence.

Regional Research Area

Asia
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

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East
I study modern North Africa and the Middle East with a focus on universities, political economy, Islamic thought, and colonialism. My work mainly draws on sources from the Tunisian National Archives. I also work in digital humanities.

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East

Nataliia Ivchyk

Nataliia Ivchyk

Visiting Associate Professor

Regional Research Area

Europe

Regional Research Area

Europe

Sayyid Muhammad Farid

Sayyid Muhammad Farid

Honorary Visiting Professor

phone604-827-5669
location_onBuTo 1107
Postdoctoral Fellows

Jane Komori

Jane Komori

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jane Komori holds a PhD in the History of Consciousness, with emphases in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Feminist Studies, from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her research theorizes the “settler ecology” of Western Canada as a complex of extractive and agricultural industries dri...Read more

Meghan Longstaffe

Meghan Longstaffe

she/her/hers

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Instructor

Regional Research Area

Canada
I am a White settler who lives and works on traditional and unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. I work on histories of women, poverty, and activism in the late twentieth century, especially Downtown Eastside Va...Read more

Regional Research Area

Canada
Administrative Faculty
ON LEAVE
On partial leave till 30 April 2024

Bonnie Effros

Bonnie Effros

ON LEAVE
On partial leave till 30 April 2024

she/her

Department Head, Professor

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe
Bonnie Effros has been Professor and Head of the History Department at UBC since January 2022. 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 chronolo...Read more

Regional Research Area

Africa & the Middle East | Europe

Bradley Miller

Bradley Miller

Honours Chair, Associate Professor

phone604 822 6307
location_onBuTo 1118, 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

Robert Brain

Robert Brain

Graduate Advisor, Associate Professor

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

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

Acting Head, 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