Scholar Spotlight Stories

Our Scholar Spotlight Stories aim to showcase and celebrate the breadth and depth of humanities research at UBC by spotlighting humanities faculty, staff, and students whose work is community-engaged, public-facing, and/or produced in and with the public. These spotlights also ask scholars to reflect broadly on the value and process of public scholarship, who it serves, and how it’s done.

Do you know a UBC humanities scholar whose work we should spotlight? Send us a note and consider nominating them for our Public Humanities Hub Public Engagement Award.

Scholar Spotlights

Denise Fong

Denise Fong is currently a PhD candidate at UBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies and recently started her new role as Curator of Urban Cultures at the Museum of Vancouver. She is a 2023 recipient of the Public Engagement Award.

Maria Carbonetti

Dr. Maria Carbonetti is a lecturer in the Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies (FHIS) and a director of Spanish for Community, a community-based experiential learning initiative at the FHIS she created in 2016.

David Ng wearing a black leather jacket smiling David Ng

David Ng is a queer, feminist, media artist, and co-Artistic Director of Love Intersections. He is currently a PhD candidate at UBC’s Social Justice Institute, and holds a Master of Social Sciences from the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town.

Heidi Tworek

Dr. Heidi Tworek (she/her/hers) is a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) and Associate Professor, jointly appointed at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and History


Jon Beasley-Murray

Dr. Jon Beasley-Murray (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor of Spanish in UBC’s French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies Department.


Hessam Dehghani

Dr. Hessam Dehghani (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of teaching in Persian literature and founder of the UBC Persian Literature Reading Club.


Michelle Stack

Dr. Michelle Stack (she/her/hers) is a 2021 recipient of the Hub’s Public Engagement Award and an Associate Professor in UBC Department of Educational Studies.


Erin Goheen Glanville

Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville (she/her/hers) received Honorable Mention for the Hub’s 2021 Public Engagement Award and is a faculty member in the Coordinated Arts Program.


Headshot of Joash Gambarage

Joash Gambarage

Dr. Joash J. Gambarage (he/him/his) is a 2021 recipient of the Hub’s Public Engagement Award and a Sessional Lecturer of Linguistics in UBC Language Sciences.