Ryuko Kubota


Research Classification

Research Interests

critical applied linguistics
culture and language
Language Rights and Policies
language education
language ideologies
multicultural education
race and language teaching

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Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters


Research Methodology

Qualitative Research


Master's students
Doctoral students
Any time / year round

Historical study on meta discourse on language and language learning among Japanese students in China from 1900-1945.

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).

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Great Supervisor Week Mentions

Each year graduate students are encouraged to give kudos to their supervisors through social media and our website as part of #GreatSupervisorWeek. Below are students who mentioned this supervisor since the initiative was started in 2017.


I'll take this chance to express my thanks and good fortune in working with a truly great supervisor, Prof. Ryuko Kubota. I am continually grateful for your insight, encouragement, and generosity with time and opportunities for growth. #GreatSupervisor #UBC

One example from many: She supervised three of us for an independent course of study on research methodologies. While on sabbatical. She even Skyped in to our discussion meetings from Japan in the VERY early hours of the morning. Above and beyond and I thank you for it


Such a great way to show our gratitude @youbc thank you Dr. Ryuko Kubota and Dr. Bonny Norton for being the #GREATsupervisor


When I was trying to balance between my family and study, Dr. Kubota always showed her understanding and support; when I was struggling with my research ideas and needed to talk, Dr. Kubota always spent the time helping me (re)construct my ideas and thoughts. She replies to emails in a prompt manner and she always offers support. Thank you, #GreatSupervisor Dr. Ryuko Kubota.

Jun Ma (2017)


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