The UBC Centre for European Studies was launched in early 2022. The Centre emerged from the former Institute for European Studies, which was founded in 1998 at UBC to advance the study and understanding of European politics, economy, and societies. The new Centre for European Studies supports a broad, transnational view of Europe, embodied through the collective work of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and visiting scholars across the Social Sciences and Humanities. Through its speaker series, research colloquia, and other events, the Centre provides a collegial and stimulating space for critical examinations and discussions of the legacies of Europe and its constituent parts, European current affairs and scholarship, and European cultures and societies, broadly conceived. We strive to engage with Europe from the perspective of our place on unceded Musqueam territory, supporting approaches that amplify Indigenous and minoritized perspectives and that decolonize our historical relationships with Europe.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Biukovic, Ljiljana Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Adaptation of international legal norms by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations and the development of European Union Law,European union Law, International Trade Law, International Dispute Resolution, E-commerce, Comparative Law
Bloch, Alexia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social sciences; migration; Gender; Eurasia; Russia; ethnography
Bowers, Katherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Literature and literary studies; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Technologies; Arts and Literary Policies; Dostoevsky; genre; gothic fiction; imagined geography; literary culture; narrative; Russian culture; Russian literature; the novel
Brain, Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
Casas Aguilar, Anna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Contemporary literatures; Spanish Cultural Studies; Catalan Literature and Culture; Gender Studies; Masculinities; Feminisms; Self-writing; Hispanic Cinemas
Drljaca, Igor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Creative writing; Film, television and digital media; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Documentary FIlm; Film Production; Narrative Film; Screenwriting; Virtual Reality; Video and New Media
Frackman, Kyle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cinema studies; Media studies (except social media and digital media); Literature and literary studies; Cultural studies; queer studies; German studies; media studies; history of sexuality; sexuality; sexuality studies; East Germany; film; Gender Studies; history of science; literature; Media; Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.); Scandinavia
Gelinas-Lemaire, Vincent Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) French language; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Comparative Literature; Creative Writing; French Literature (1945 to the present); Québec and French-Canadian Literature and Culture; Spatial Poetics; Visual Culture
Glassheim, Eagle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) European history (except British, classical Greek and Roman); History of Central and Eastern Europe; Environmental History
Hallensleben, Markus Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Transcultural Studies; Artistic and Literary Theories; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; German Language Cultures and Literatures; Transnational Literatures; Visual Arts and Literature; European Studies; Literature and Sciences; Literature and Migration; Narratives of Belonging
Iurascu, Ilinca Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Comparative literatures; Theories of cultural studies; Media, visual and digital culture; German literature; Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies; media theory; Media history; critical theory; film studies
Jacobs, Alan Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political science; Social Organization and Political Systems; economic inequality; Political economy; public opinion; Public Policy; Research Methodology
Kuus, Merje Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) transnational regulatory practices in contemporary Europe, but the empirical focus undergirds a broader interest in knowledge and power, structure and agency, in bureaucratic and policy-making settings; political identity, subject-formation, and center-periphery relations, especially in contemporary Europe
Malakaj, Ervin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Literature and literary studies; German studies; German Film Studies; German Media Studies; German Media History; Queer Theory and Queer Studies; Feminist and Queer Film Historiography; Critical Pedagogy
Pailer, Gaby Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) German literature, gender and literature, drama and theatre, enlightment, classicism and romanticism
Sundstrom, Lisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), global activism, human rights, Democratization, authoritarianism, civil society, Russian/ post-Communist politics, Western aid, and NGOs in global politics
Tiberghien, Yves Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political science; global politics
Tworek, Heidi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Historical studies; Europe; Germany; history of media and communications; international organizations; international relations; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies
Wright, Matthew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political science; American politics; Comparitive politics; immigration; Immigration Policy; migration; National identity; Political behaviour; Political psychology; public opinion
Zhang, Gaoheng Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Intercultural and Ethnic Relationships; Cultural Exchanges; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Media and Society; Media Ethics; Media and Democratization; Migration Studies; Mobility Studies; Postcolonial Studies; Gender and Masculinity Studies; Race Theory; Film and Media Studies; Rhetoric and Communication Studies; Cultural Theory; Italian-Chinese relations; Italy's global networks; Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture