The UBC Migration Research Cluster explores the global challenge of international migration. Bringing together researchers from a wide range of disciplines and community organizations, this cluster examines the determinants and consequences of international migration, and focuses on the legal governance of migration and refugee flows, immigrant and refugee integration, the nexus between migration and Indigeneity, and the relationship between immigration and national identity.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Arbel, Efrat Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Law; Refugee Law; Constitutional law; Prison Law and Policy; Tort Law; Legal and Critical Theory; Gender and Law
Averill, Gage Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Haitian music, barbershop harmony, sound, music and power, music and politics, Caribbean music, steelband, ethnomusicology, world music, Ethnomusicology, Haiti, Haitian diaspora, American Popular Culture, Trinidad and Tobago, and Traditional Irish Music
Bloch, Alexia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social sciences; migration; Gender; Eurasia; Russia; ethnography
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Humanities and the arts; Sociolinguistics; Linguistic Anthropology; ethnography; language ideologies; Language and identity; migration; Language variation and change; Language contact; Creole languages
Bowers, Katherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Technologies; Arts and Literary Policies; Russian literature; Russian culture; literary culture; genre; narrative; imagined geography; the novel; Dostoevsky; gothic fiction
Bryce, Benjamin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) migration; Race and ethnicity; health; Education; Transnational history; Argentina; Canada; The Americas
Casas Aguilar, Anna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Spanish Cultural Studies; Catalan Literature and Culture; Gender Studies; Masculinities; Feminisms; Self-writing; Hispanic Cinemas
Cheong, Amanda Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Stratification and inequality; links between legal status and the reproduction of inequality; undocumented migrants, stateless persons, and refugees; stateless children and immigration control regimes; use of documentation in the symbolic erasure and expulsion of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar; relationships between migration and legal status on health; relationship between undocumented experience and naturalization propensities
Christopoulos, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Early modern Europe; History of pre-modern medicine; Social and cultural history of early modern Italy
Creese, Gillian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Women topics, Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class, Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada, Gender, racialization, work and trade unions
Daniels, Megan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Classical religion; Archaeology of Greece and the broader eastern Mediterranean; Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic Period; Ancient religion, sanctuaries, votive objects; Cross-cultural interaction; Ancient economies and trade; Divine kingship; Digital/data science approaches to the ancient world, particularly ancient religion; Migration and mobility across Eurasia; Phoenician culture; Ceramic analysis
Dauvergne, Catherine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immigration, Immigration Law, Refugee Law, Legal Theory, Globalization
De Angelis, Franco Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature
Ellermann, Antje Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Migratory Flows; Public Policies; Identity and Transnationality; Role of Governments and Institutions; Migration and Citizenship; Comparative Public Policy
Goold, Benjamin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Law; Privacy; security; Criminal Justice; Human Rights; Border Studies; migration
Green, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Antibiotic Resistance,  Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Determinants of the wage and employment structure bridging between macro labour and micro labour identification issues
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
Hastie, Bethany Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Labour & Employment Law, Human Rights, Socio-Legal Studies, Access to Justice
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) immigration, diversity, national security; social policy; urban geography
Huot, Suzanne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; occupational science; Migration Studies; immigration; refugees; asylum seekers; intersectionality; francophone minority communities; francophones; bilingualism; french; community-engaged research; Qualitative research; critical theory; social inclusion; social integration; Gender
Ibrahim, Mohamed Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) mental health; addiction among new immigrants and refugees; global mental health
Jurkevics, Anna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought
Kaushal, Asha Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cultural Difference and Law; Constitutional Law and Theory; Critical and Legal Theory; Immigration Law; Citizenship Law; international law
Klein, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.); Video and New Media; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Large International Projects; Media and Democratization; Global Journalism; Innovation in Journalism; Documentary Production; Investigative Reporting
Lauer, Sean Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Marriage, immigration, and a resource industry
Lee, Barbara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member)
Li, Guofang Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) longitudinal studies of immigrant children
Mahtani, Minelle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) critical mixed race theory; cultural forgetting; Social justice
Mawani, Renisa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Colonial Legal History; critical theory; Race and Racism; Oceans and Maritime Worlds; Time and Temporality
Murphy, Anne Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arts and Cultural Traditions; Religion; Literary or Artistic Work Analysis; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; cultural history; Early Modern Studies; Punjabi Studies; South Asian Studies
Pratt, Geraldine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Feminist Geographies
Qian, Yue Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Family; Gender Relationship; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Demography; sociology; Family Studies; Gender Studies
Santos, Alessandra Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Artistic and Literary Analysis Models; Artistic and Literary Theories; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Technologies; Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies; Latin American Literatures and Cultures; Brazilian Literature and Culture; Modern and Contemporary Literatures and Cultures
Seidel, Marc-David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) New Technology and Social Impacts; Impacts of New Information Technologies; Media and Society; Social Networks; Social Organization and Political Systems; Social, Economical and Political Impacts of Innovations; Entrepreneurship; Socio-Economic Conditions; Economic Systems; Life Cycles ( Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, etc.); Organizational Theory; Distributed Trust Technologies (Blockchain, etc.); Early life factors role in later life workplace outcomes; Social networks and organizational decision making; Discrimination and networks in the employment relationship
Senbel, Maged Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Urban design, environmental planning, climate change planning, public engagement, urban agriculture, multi-media, social media and youth engagement
Shan, Hongxia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other education, n.e.c.; Immigration and adult education and learning; Lifelong learning; Gender and work; Prof. learning
Shneiderman, Sara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Social and cultural anthropology; Indigenous issues; Disaster response and preparedness
Stecklov, Guy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Population and Development; Migration dynamics; Immigrant assimilation; Ethnic and racial identity; Research and survey methodology; Reproduction; Migration and assimilation; sub-Saharan Africa; Demographic behavior; Survey research
Sundberg, Juanita Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Militarization and Everyday Life in the US-Mexico Borderlands, environmental dimensions of US's border security policies in the Mexican border
Tworek, Heidi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; history of media and communications; international relations; international organizations; Germany; Europe
Vellutini, Claudio Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cultural and reception history of nineteenth-century Italian opera; Italian opera in the Habsburg Empire; Performance and staging practices; Historiography; Critical Musicology; Early 19th century music (opera); Habsburg cultural policies; Vienna opera (first half of 19th century)
Wilkes, Rima Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) protest, media and First Nations, media and racism, immigration, Collective Action by Indigenous Nations, Media and social movements, Public Opinion, Immigration, Trust
Wright, Matthew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Political psychology; Political behaviour; immigration; Immigration Policy; migration; public opinion; National identity; American politics; Comparitive politics
Yan, Miu Chung Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Issues related to settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, labour market experience of new generation youth from racial minority immigrant families, and community building roles and functions of neighbourhood-level place-based multiservice organizations
Yi, Christina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Modern/Contemporary Japanese literature; Postcoloniality; Language politics; Linguistic nationalism; National identity; genre; Cultural Studies; “Repatriation literature” (hikiage bungaku); Japanese colonial repatriates; Resident Koreans; “returned” Nikkei
Yu, Henry Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Asian migration to Canada, Chinese Canadian, Asian Canadian, Chinese in British Columbia, multiculturalism, racism, Asian American history, sports and race, Chinatown, Head Tax, United States, Global Vancouver, Trans-Pacific migration, American intellectual history, Asian Canadian and Asian American history, race and immigration, social science and social theory in US and Europe
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
Zhou, Yang-Yang Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Comparative Politics; migration; refugees; National identity; Conflict; Development; Experiments