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UBC POLITICIAL SCIENCE DIRECTORY

Faculty by Field: Political Theory | Comparative Politics | Canadian Politics | International Relations | US Politics

 

Faculty
Associate Faculty

Erin Baines

Erin Baines

Associate Faculty

phone604 822 4579

George Hoberg

George Hoberg

Associate Faculty

phone604 822 3728
Dr. Hoberg is a political scientist by training. He taught public policy and American politics at UBC for 13 years before joining the Faculty of Forestry. His research interests include environmental and natural resource policy, especially energy and forest policy, policy and institutional design, t...Read more

Kristen Hopewell

Kristen Hopewell is Canada Research Chair in Global Policy in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. Her research specializes in international trade, global governance, industrial policy and development, with a focus on emerging powers. Dr. Hopewell ...Read more

Matias Margulis

Matias Margulis

Associate Faculty

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Matias Margulis is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research and teaching interests are in global governance, development, human rights, international law and food policy.

Wendy Wong

Wendy H. Wong studies human rights, global governance, and technology. Wong has written three books and dozens of articles and book chapters. She is also a regular contributor to public media, such as the CBC, Globe and Mail, and The Conversation. Please see her website (www.wendyhwong.com) for a full profile....Read more
Full time Faculty

Afsoun Afsahi

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Theory at the University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC, I was a Justitia Amplificata Postdoctoral Fellow at Goethe Universität Frankfurt and Freie Universität Berlin (2017-2018) and an Assistant Professor of Political Theory and Gender at the Univ...Read more

Alan Jacobs

Alan M. Jacobs (Ph.D. Harvard, 2004) is Head of Department and a Professor of Political Science specializing in the comparative political economy of advanced industrialized democracies, the politics of public policy, political behavior, and qualitative and mixed methodology. He teaches undergraduate...Read more

Allen Sens

Allen Sens

Professor of Teaching

phone604 822 6127
location_onBuchanan C432
Allen G. Sens (Ph.D, Queen's) specializes in international relations, with a research and teaching focus on international security. He has a particular interest in armed conflict and conflict management, peace operations, nuclear weapons and arms control, European security, and Canadian foreign and ...Read more

Andrew Owen

Andrew Owen

Associate Professor of Teaching

phone604 822 4550
location_onBuchanan C320

Research Area

Public policy
Andrew Owen (PhD Princeton) conducts research on policy making in Canada. Andrew’s secondary interests include research design, quantitative methods and experimental research in political psychology.

Research Area

Public policy

Anna Jurkevics

Anna Jurkevics (PhD Yale, 2017) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research is in the fields of critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought. In her work, she investigates themes related to territory, land, and migration. She also...Read more

Antje Ellermann

I am Professor (she/they) of Political Science and Founding Director of the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. My research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in liberal democracies. I am particularly interested in the nexus between inte...Read more

Arjun Chowdhury

Arjun Chowdhury

Associate Professor | Graduate Program Director

phone604 822 1480
location_onBuchanan C312
Arjun Chowdhury (Ph.D. Minnesota) joined the department in 2010. He teaches introductory, intermediate and graduate classes in International Relations and Security Studies. You can find information about his research, teaching (including evaluations), and media contributions at his personal website....Read more

Barbara Arneil

Barbara Arneil (Ph.D, London) is interested in the areas of identity politics and the history of political thought. As the author of John Locke and America (OUP, 1996) and many related articles, she has a specialization in the intersection between liberalism and colonialism. She is also interested i...Read more

Bruce Baum

Bruce Baum (Ph.D. Minnesota) works in modern and contemporary political theory. His primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of critical social theory (including critical “race” theory, feminist theory, critical hermeneutics, and issues of cross-cultural interpretation); American...Read more

Carey Doberstein

Carey Doberstein

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Associate Professor | Undergraduate Director

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Carey Doberstein (PhD UofT) is Associate Professor of Political Science with training and research in Canadian politics, public policy, and public administration. His research has focused on the governance and policy innovations and challenges associated with homelessness, affordable housing, drug...Read more

Christopher Kam

Christopher Kam

Professor | Data & Models Certificate Coordinator

phone604 822 6606
location_onBuchanan C410
Christopher Kam (Ph.D. Rochester, 2002) studies comparative political institutions.  Information on Professor Kam's research and teaching activities, including a list of publications and replication data sets can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/kamchristopherj/home. Professor Kam is al...Read more

Fred Cutler

Fred Cutler (PhD Michigan 2000) specializes in Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Psychology, Public Opinion, and Elections. He teaches Quantitative Methods, Issues in Canadian Politics, and an Advanced Quantitative Projects course. He is founder of the EdTech startups WeVu.video and Prograds....Read more

Glen Coulthard

Glen Coulthard

Associate Professor, Political Science and First Nations and Indigenous Studies

phone604 822 2880
location_onBuchanan E263
Glen Coulthard is an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and in the Department of Political Science. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political ...Read more

Gyung-Ho Jeong

Gyung-Ho Jeong

Associate Professor

phone604 822 2831
location_onBuchanan C307
I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. My research interests include US Politics, Legislative Politics, Social Choice, Political Economy, and Legislative Politics in Korea. In particular, I am interested in how Congress makes decisio...Read more

Jenny Peterson

Jenny Peterson

Associate Professor of Teaching

location_onBuchanan C322
Jenny Peterson joined the department from the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (Manchester) where she worked as a lecturer from 2009-2013. She is broadly interested in the politics of international aid with her past work analyzing process of liberal peacebuilding and critiques thereof....Read more

Kai Ostwald

I am an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy & Global Affairs. I am also the Director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. I specialize in comparative politics, particularly the political economy of development ...Read more

Katharina Coleman

Katharina Coleman (Ph.D. Princeton) specializes in International Relations, with a focus on international organisations, international security/peace operations, and international rules, norms, and legitimacy. Her regional area of expertise is sub-Saharan Africa.

Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison

Professor & Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies

phone604 822 4922
location_onBuchanan C306
Kathryn Harrison is Professor of Political Science. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Political Science from MIT, and a PhD in Political Science from UBC.

Kurt Huebner

Kurt Huebner

Professor

phone604 822 9439
location_onC.K. Choi 321
Jean Monnet for European Integration and Global Political Economy Chair for German and European Studies Kurt Hübner came in 2006 to UBC as the director of the Institute for European Studies. In 2012 he became a member of the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD from the Free Uni...Read more

Laura Janara

Laura Janara

Associate Professor

On leave, not available to take on student supervisions. Laura Janara (Ph.D. Minnesota) is a political theorist who works through historical texts of Western political thought, especially early modern and modern, and through contemporary critical social and political theory.

Lisa Sundstrom

I joined the department in 2002 after completing my PhD at Stanford University. I teach courses in international relations and comparative politics. My regional area of expertise is Russia and the former Soviet Union, and my major research interests include democratization, human rights, gender poli...Read more

Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright earned his BA in political science and history from McGill University, and his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining UBC’s Department of Political Science, he was an Associate Professor of Government at American University in Washing...Read more

Michael Weaver

Michael Weaver (PhD Yale) examines the politics of violence, in particular, contests over the legitimacy of state and non-state violence, how changes in these public norms constrain and enable violence, as well as the causes and consequences of ethnic violence. His current project, a book on the...Read more

Michael Byers

Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law. His work focuses on Outer Space, Arctic sovereignty, climate change, the law of the sea, the laws of war, and Canadian foreign and defense policy. He is the co-director of the Outer Space Institute (OSI), a globa...Read more

Nazmul Sultan

Nazmul Sultan (PhD Chicago, 2020) is an Assistant Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science. His research interests include the history of political thought, empire and anticolonial thought, popular sovereignty, and ideas of the global.  His first book, Waiting for t...Read more

Paul Quirk

Paul J. Quirk is Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation at the University of British Columbia. After receiving his Ph.D. at Harvard University (1978), he has taught at several U.S. universities, most recently, the University of Illinois, and has been a research associate at the Brooking...Read more

Peter Dauvergne

Peter Dauvergne is a professor of international relations, specializing in global environmental politics. His research covers the politics of social movements, consumption, technology, and corporations, especially the consequences for social inequality and ecosystem degradation in the global South. ...Read more

Richard Price

On Leave until July 1, 2024 From 2011-2014 I was Senior Advisor to UBC President Stephen Toope I was Head of Political Science from 2019-22 I am a UBC Killam Teaching Prize Recipient (2009) I am a coach for UBC Faculty and Staff through UBC Coaching Services I specialize in Intern...Read more

Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford

Associate Professor of Teaching, Political Science and Arts One

phone604 822 3009
location_onIBLC 374
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Robert Farkasch

Robert Farkasch

Lecturer

phone604 822 7297
location_onBuchanan C304B
Robert Farkasch received his doctorate in political science from York University, master's degree in international political economy from the Norman Paterson School for International Affairs and bachelor's degree (hons) in economics and psychology. He is a faculty lecturer in the Political Science D...Read more

Sally Sharif

Sally Sharif

Lecturer

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Sally Sharif (PhD City University of New York, 2021) focuses on state-society relations during and after war, explaining why civil wars begin or recur. She is especially interested in peacebuilding; post-conflict state consolidation; and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs....Read more

Sheryl Lightfoot

On Leave Sheryl Lightfoot is Anishinaabe, a citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, enrolled at the Keweenaw Bay Community. She is currently Vice Chair and North American Member on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP). She is Canada Research Chair in ...Read more

Sophie Borwein

Sophie Borwein is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, with training in Canadian and comparative politics.

Stewart Prest

Stewart Prest teaches political science as a lecturer with the department of political science. He teaches and researches in a a variety of areas of the discipline, ranging the comparative study of democratic institutions, to international relations, to the study of contentious politics.

Xiaojun Li

Xiaojun (pronounced "shee·ow ji·win") received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and joined the department in 2013. He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at UBC and non-resident scholar at the 21st Century China Centre at UC San Diego School of Global Polic...Read more

Yves Tiberghien

Yves Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2002; Harvard Academy Scholar 2006; Fulbright Scholar 1996) is a Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. He is also the Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research and Director of the Center for Japanese Research at UBC....Read more
Postdoctoral Fellows

Ibrahim Muradov

Ibrahim Muradov

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ibrahim Muradov is a post-doctoral research fellow at UBC. Dr. Muradov has been a faculty member in the Department of International Relations and Audit at Dnipro University of Technology since 2020. His research covers armed conflicts in former Soviet republics, particularly Ukraine.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lujan Lee (Chamoru) is a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on (1) the Indigenous politics of decolonization in Oceania; (2) Pacific Islander social movements in the United States; and (3) Indigenous Oceanic political thought.

Maximiliano Reyes Lobos

Maximiliano Reyes Lobos

Postdoctoral Fellow

location_onBuchanan C423
As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Reyes investigates Chilean and Canadian politics from the perspective of Aristotelian practical wisdom. He has been a professor at the General Studies Department at the Catholic University of Maule (Chile) since 2019.

Simon Lambek

Simon Lambek is a political theorist whose research focuses on modern and contemporary political thought. His work explores rhetoric's ability to alter interpretive horizons and expand reflective judgment in political life. At present, Simon is working on a project investigating the constitutive eff...Read more
Sessional Instructors

Barnard Choi

Barnard Choi (PhD Chicago) studies international politics with research focus on international security institutions, great power politics, and East Asian IR.

Hema Nadarajah

Hema Nadarajah

Sessional Lecturer

Josh Santeusanio

Josh Santeusanio

Sessional Lecturer

Kenny Ie

Kenny Ie

Sessional Lecturer

Research Area

Canada
Dr. Kenny William Ie is a Sessional Lecturer in the department of political science at the University of British Columbia, where he has been teaching since 2017. His research and teaching interests are in Canadian Politics, focusing on political leadership and executive institutions.

Research Area

Canada

Mark Williams

Mark Williams

He/Him

Sessional Lecturer

Research Area

Foreign policy

Research Area

Foreign policy

Masoud Zamani

Masoud Zamani

He/Him/His

Sessional Lecturer

International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, Criminology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Law and Psychology

Morris Lipson

Morris Lipson

Sessional Lecturer

Spencer McKay

Spencer McKay

Sessional Lecturer