Advisory Board

T. Patrick Carrabré

Director of the School of Music
Professor, Composition

T. Patrick Carrabré is a Métis composer living in Vancouver. Construction of identity and community engagement are long-term themes in his compositions, concert and radio programming, and administrative activities. Recognition for his music has included two JUNO nominations, a recommendation at the International Rostrum of Composers, several WCMA nominations and one award (Best Classical Composition). For well over a decade he worked closely with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including six seasons as composer-in-residence and co-curator of the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Pat also served two-seasons as the weekend host of CBC Radio 2’s contemporary music show The Signal.

Research Area: Community Engagement, Decolonization, Digital Strategies for Musicians, Music Composition

My current research-creation project is a musical work for the Harbourfront Centre’s Music in the Garden concert series. It will explore manifestations of Métis identity from the early 1800s to the present. Following the Red River Resistance (1869–1870) and the Battle of Batoche (1885), it was often dangerous to publicly identify as Métis. Beginning with a reworking of Pierre Falcon’s Battle of Frog Plain, through the years of hiding (“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” Louis Riel), this work will conclude with a setting of Gregory Scofield “Since When,” showing the ever changing face of the Métis. To realize this project, I am working with Métis mezzo-soprano Rebecca Cuddy, who already has a rich repertoire of Métis related material that will provide further context for our continued struggle to be recognized as a unique people and claim space wherever we might now live.

Jodey Castricano

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
Professor, English and Cultural Studies

Dr. Jodey Castricano is one of the lead researchers in the Post-Antropocentrism & Critical Animal Studies Research Group (PACAS), a collaborative project between UBC Okanagan and the University of Exeter, supported by a UBC Okanagan-Exeter Excellence Catalyst Grant. PACAS is a network of activists, scholars, artists and writers who are invested in anti-speciesist and social justice research that advances human knowledge to improve nonhuman animal lives. Their research promotes the immediate and long-term societal changes needed to end our rapid killing of billions of nonhuman animals and the environment.

Research Area: 19th-century studies, including gothic studies and psychoanalysis (Freud/Jung); critical animal studies; ecofeminism; critical and literary theory, film and media studies; feminist and queer theory; ethics; social activism

Julen Etxabe

Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Jurisprudence and Human Rights

Julen Etxabe is Canada Research Chair in Jurisprudence and Human Rights and joined Allard Law as Assistant Professor in July of 2019. His current research combines legal and literary theory to identify a new model of dialogical judgment emerging in the area of human rights, which is transforming inherited notions of reasoning, rights, authority, and law in the post-national and diverse societies of the 21st century.

Research Area: Human Rights, International Law, Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, and Critical Studies, Public and Constitutional Law

Shannon Leddy

Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Shannon Leddy (Métis) is a Vancouver based teacher and writer whose practice focuses on decolonizing education and Indigenous education within teacher education. She holds degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Saskatchewan (1994), an MA in Art History (1997), and a BEd (2005) from the University of British Columbia. Her PhD research at Simon Fraser University focused on inviting pre-service teachers into dialogue with contemporary Indigenous art as a mechanism of decolonizing education and in order to help them become adept at delivering Indigenous education without reproducing colonial stereotypes. During her time as a public school teacher with the Vancouver School Board, Shannon worked at several high schools as a teacher of Art, Social Studies and English. After a two-year secondment to work as a Faculty Associate in SFU’s Professional Development Program in teacher education, she returned to the VSB to undertake the coordination of an arts-based mini-school. She has also worked as an Instructor in SFU’s Faculty of Education teaching courses in pedagogical foundations and Aboriginal education. In 2013 she was awarded SFU’s Aboriginal Graduate Entrance Scholarship and a SSHRC Bombardier Scholarship in 2015.

Research Area: Art Education Research, Arts Education, Cultural Studies, Environmental Education, Indigenous Education Research, Media, Semiotics, Text Studies, Museum Education Research, Non-Formal Learning, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Teacher Education Research, Ways of Knowing

The Situation of Education

Shannon developed a podcast on education that gives an opportunity for researchers, parents, teachers and students to discuss their experiences in education. As the facilitator/moderator, she brings a two-eyed seeing perspective to the production, looking at interviewee’s responses with both Western and Indigenous eyes. This podcast launched formally in January 2019, with the long-delayed second season anticipated in July of 2021.

Decolonizing Teaching Indigenizing Learning

In 2020 Shannon completed work on the Faculty of Education’s new website, Decolonizing Teaching Indigenizing Learning, which features Indigenous curriculum bundles developed by students in their third year of the NITEP program.

Sydney Lines

Project Manager, Public Humanities Hub
PhD Student, English

Sydney Lines (she/her/hers) has several years experience working in higher education, museums, and in various kinds of cultural programming. She is a multifaceted creative thinker who loves big ideas, memorable stories, and gathering communities through participation in arts and culture. She started at the Hub as a Graduate Academic Assistant in 2019 and completed two PhD Arts Co-op terms as the Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives for the Hub during Fall 2020 and Fall 2022.

Research Area: Long C19 & Early C20 Transatlantic Literature, Community Engagement, Digital Humanities, Experience Design, Marketing & Communications

Communications, Community Partnerships, Graduate, Governance, Public Scholarship

Ervin Malakaj

Associate Professor of German Studies
Director, Centre for European Studies

Dr. Malakaj received his PhD in German with a concentration in Film & Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Before starting work at UBC in 2018, Dr. Malakaj worked as Assistant Professor of German and German Program Coordinator at Sam Houston State University. In 2016, he co-founded the international scholarly collective, “Diversity, Decolonization, and the German Curriculum.”

Research Area: Critical Pedagogy, Gender Studies, German Film Studies, German Literature, Queer Studies

Dr. Malakaj specializes in late-18th- to 21st-century German media and cultural history. Next to articles and chapters on womanist filmmaking, queer German cinema, and German literature, he has co-edited Diversity and Decolonization in German Studies (2020) and Market Strategies and German Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century (2020).

Advocacy, Equity, Programming

Laura K. Nelson

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Centre for Computational Social Science


Dr. Nelson uses computational methods – principally text analysis, natural language processing, machine learning, and network analysis techniques – to study social movements, culture, gender, and organizations and institutions. Substantively, her research has examined processes around the formation of collective identities and social movement strategy in feminist and environmental movements, continuities between cycles of activism and the role of place in shaping social movement activity, intersectionality in women’s movements and in the lived experiences during the 19th century in the U.S. South, gender inequality in startups and entrepreneurship, the translation of academic ideas to practice in the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program (a program aimed at promoting women in STEM field in higher education), and gender inequality in emergency medicine departments. Methodologically, she has proposed frameworks to combine computational methods and machine learning with qualitative methods, including the computational grounded theory framework and leveraging the alignment between machine learning and the intersectionality research paradigm. She has developed and taught courses introducing social science and humanities students to computational methods and the scripting languages Python and R, data science courses, and graduate-level sociological theory. She is currently a co-PI on a million-dollar grant through the National Science Foundation to study the spread of gender-equity ideas related to STEM fields through higher education networks, primarily in the United States.

Research Area: Social Movements, Culture, Gender, Organizations and Institutions

My current research projects include examining intersectionality in U.S. women’s movements; coverage of social movements in news media over time; ways in which history is recorded and remembered, particularly related to social movements; gender inequality in startups and entrepreneurship, emergency medicine, and other STEM fields; and the spread of gender-equity ideas related to STEM fields through networks in higher education (funded by a National Science Foundation grant).

Bernard Perley

Director and Associate Professor, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Bernard C. Perley is Maliseet from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts (studio arts) and Master of Architecture (architectural design) degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. His PhD is in Social Anthropology from Harvard. His academic training is interdisciplinary and aims to transcend disciplinary boundaries to serve his commitment to Indigenous community-based research and advocacy.

Research Area: Emergent Climate Response Research, Indigenous-Led Climate Action and Planning, Narratives, Visions, and Vocabularies of Climate Justice

Dr. Perley’s critical analysis of discourses on language death and endangerment in his monograph Defying Maliseet Language Death: Emergent Vitalities of Language, Culture, and Identity in Eastern Canada (Nebraska 2011) shifts metaphors of “language death and extinction” toward metaphors of “language life and vitality”. He asserts an Indigenous praxis of “emergent vitality” as an empowering stance for communities who are working toward language life. His ongoing writing, research, and teaching integrates language, landscape, and identity to enhance Indigenous language revitalization.

Kavita Philip

President’s Excellence Chair in Network Cultures
Professor, English Language & Literatures

Kavita Philip is the President’s Excellence Chair in Network Cultures at UBC, Professor of English, and Associated Faculty in Geography and STS. She has written about nineteenth-century environmental knowledge in British India, information technology in post-colonial India, and the intersections of art, science fiction, and social activism with science and technology. She is author of Civilizing Natures (2004), and Studies in Unauthorized Reproduction (forthcoming, MIT Press), as well as co-editor of five volumes curating new interdisciplinary work in radical history, art, activism, computing, and public policy.

Research Area: Network Cultures, Environmental Knowledge, Climate Justice

Samuel D. Rocha

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Dr. Rocha was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded the Killam Teaching Prize at UBC in 2019. At the end of 2019, he released his third full-length album, Anamnesis, and in 2020 he released a single, “The Freedom of Dialectic,” inspired by the life and thought of Maxine Greene. His newest book, The Syllabus as Curriculum: A Reconceptualist Approach, was published in 2020 and received the same year’s Outstanding Book Award from AERA: Division B, Curriculum Studies.

Research Area: Philosophy of Education, Curriculum Theory, Educational Theory, Political Philosophy, Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Philosophical and Humanities Research Methods, and Special Texts and Topics

Karis Shearer

Principal’s Research Chair in Digital Arts & Humanities
Associate Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, UBC Okanagan


Karis Shearer is an Associate Professor in English & Cultural Studies at UBCO where her research and teaching focus on literary audio, the literary event, the digital archive, book history, and women’s labour within poetry communities. She is the editor of All These Roads: The Poetry of Louis Dudek (WLUP 2008) and co-editor with Deanna Fong of Wanting Everything: The Collected Works of Gladys Hindmarch (Talonbooks 2020). She has published essays on Sina Queyras’s feminist blog Lemonhound, George Bowering’s little magazine Imago, and Michael Ondaatje’s The Long Poem Anthology. She also directs the AMP Lab, is a Governing Board member and lead UBCO Researcher for the SpokenWeb SSHRC Partnership Grant. She held the 2010-11 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt University.

Research Area: Archives and Editions, Book History, Digital Humanities, Feminist Sound Studies

With Deanna Fong (Concordia U), Karis is pursuing research on gender and affective labour in the Vancouver literary community of the 1960s and 70s, a collaboration which has resulted most recently in a piece called “Gender, Affective Labour, and Community-Building Through Literary Audio Artifacts” and Wanting Everything: The Collected Works of Gladys Hindmarch (Talonbooks 2020).

Mark Turin

Director, Digital Scholarship in Arts (DiSA)
Associate Professor, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, and Department of Anthropology

Mark Turin is a socio-cultural anthropologist and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is cross-appointed between the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Anthropology. He currently serves as the Interim Editor of the journal Pacific Affairs.

Research Area: Community Engagement, Critical Pedagogy, Decolonization, Digital Humanities, Language Mapping

For over twenty years, Mark’s regional focus has been the Himalayan region (particularly Nepal, northern India and Bhutan), and more recently, the Pacific Northwest. Mark is very privileged to have had the opportunity to work in collaborative partnership with members of the Thangmi-speaking communities of eastern Nepal and Darjeeling district in India since 1996, and since 2014 with members of the Heiltsuk First Nation through a Heiltsuk Language Mobilization Partnership in which UBC is a member.

Mark Turin writes and teaches on language reclamation, revitalization, documentation and conservation; language mapping, policies, politics and language rights; orality, archives, digital tools and technology. Indigenous methodologies and decolonial practice inform and shape his teaching and research. He is the author or co-author of four books, three travel guides, the editor of 12 volumes, and he edits a series on oral literature.

Andrea Webb

Associate Professor of Teaching, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Andrea spent a decade as a high school teacher before returning to higher education as a teacher educator. Her research interests lie in teaching and learning in higher education and she is involved in research projects related to Threshold concepts, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and Social Studies Teacher Education. Currently, Andrea is part of a multinational SSHRC-funded project, Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education. 

Research Area: teacher education, curriculum studies, scholarship of teaching and learning.