Welcome to our new faculty members!

We are pleased to welcome two new faculty members to the department today.

Dr. Desirée Valadares comes to us from UC Berkeley, where she recently completed her PhD.

Trained as a landscape architect and architectural historian, her research and teaching focus on the aftermath of wartime confinement in Canada and the non-contiguous US.

She joins UBC Geography as Assistant Professor, Geographies of Settler Colonial Canada.

Dr. Valadares will be teaching GEOG 328 Constructing Canada and GEOG 446B Oceanic Geographies: Migration, Mobility, and Diaspora.

Dr. Jessica Wang has less distance to travel in joining us, and is becoming cross-appointed to UBC Geography in addition to her current posting in the Department of History.

Her research addresses the historical entanglements between science, knowledge, and power. She is currently exploring the interplay between biogeography and the spatiality of state and society through the study of agriculture and the biological management of colonial spaces within the U.S. insular empire of the early twentieth century.

Dr. Wang is on study leave until June 2023.