Associate Faculty

Duina, Francesco

Francesco Duina (Ph.D. Harvard) is Professor and Head of Sociology at UBC, and a Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). His research focuses mainly on economic sociology and, in particular, on institutionalist accounts of regional integration projects (such as the European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur) and the future of nation states in those projects.

Johnston, Richard

Richard Johnston
Johnston (PhD Stanford) is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia. He has also taught at Toronto, Caltech, Harvard (Mackenzie King chair), and the University of Pennsylvania, has been an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford, a visiting fellow at MZES-Mannheim and the ANU, and a Marie Curie Fellow at the EUI. He is the author or co-author of five books, has co-edited four other books, and has written more than 80 refereed articles and book chapters.

Tiberghien, Yves

tiberghienDr. Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford) is a specialist in comparative politics (Japan, Korea, and EU, France) and international political economy. His core interest lies in the interactions between globalization and domestic politics and in the debate on the convergence of types of capitalism under financial globalization. Prof. Tiberghien has several ongoing research projects at the moment: a project on the growing convergence of policy responses to Globalization between Japan and the EU, a project on the sources of change in Japan’s political economy, a project on the EU’s role as a mediator of globalization, and a project on politics of global GMO governance. He has contributed several book chapters to forthcoming books on the Japanese crisis or the evolution of the East Asian Capitalist Model since 1997, as well as several articles on the current puzzles of Japan’s political economy and on corporate governance reforms in the EU. His book, “Invisible Reforms: Financial Globalization, State Mediation, and Corporate Restructuring” should come out in 2007, as well as several articles on the current puzzles of Japan’s political economy and on corporate governance reforms in the EU. He is currently writing several articles and a book manuscript on the global battle over GMOs.

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Sens, Allen

Allen G. Sens (Ph.D, Queen's) is a Professor of Teaching in the Political Science Department at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He specializes in international conflict and conflict management, with a research focus on international peacekeeping operations. With respect to Europe, Dr. Sens maintains a research interest in NATO and European security and defence policy. He is the co-editor of two volumes on European security: The Changing Politics of European Security: Europe Alone? (with Stefan Gänzle); and NATO and European Security: Alliance Politics from the End of the Cold War to the Age of Terrorism (with Alex Moens and Lenard J. Cohen). His teaching interests include international relations, international security, armed conflict, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and nuclear weapons and arms control. 


Resnick, Philip

resnickPhilip Resnick (Ph.D, Toronto) combines an interest in political theory with Canadian (and Quebec) politics and European politics. His books include: Letters to a Québécois Friend; The Masks of Proteus: Canadian Reflections on the State; Toward a Canada-Quebec Union; Thinking English Canada; Twenty-First Century Democracy; The Politics of Resentment: B.C. Regionalism and Canadian Unity; and The European Roots of Canadian Identity. His current research focuses on national identities within multinational federations and on the nature of North American identity.

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Pailer, Gaby

pailerProf. Pailer (Ph.D. Karlsruhe) joined the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in 2001 leaving a position at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Research and teaching focus on concepts of gender, identity, and intertextuality in literature. Her doctoral thesis, (published in 1994), deals with concept of women's authorship in the prose works of Hedwig Dohm and on literary Nietzsche-reception around 1900. Current publications and projects include a monograph about interrelations of family and state models in 18th century tragedy, an encyclopedia of prose works and dramas by German women authors (with Gudrun Loster-Schneider, University of Mannheim), a German comedy edition (with Linda Dietrick, Univ. of Winnipeg), and a three-year workshop programme on intersections of gender, laughter and media.

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Hallensleben, Markus

Assoc. Prof. and Graduate Advisor, Dept. of CENES, UBC; Affiliated Faculty Member, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC; Canadian Year in Freiburg Resident Director, UBC/University of Freiburg (2009/10); DAAD Lecturer, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo, Japan (April 1999-September 2003); Visiting Scholar, Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, Nagoya City University, Japan (May 1998-February 1999); Adjunct Lecturer, Department of German, Free University Berlin, Germany (Winter 1995/96).  

Ellermann, Antje

Antje Ellermann specializes in comparative politics and comparative public policy, with a regional focus on Europe and North America. She is currently working on two major research programs in the area of immigration, both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (for more details, see personal website). Her past research, funded by the U.S. Social Science Research Council, focused on the comparative politics of deportation and the problem of state coercion and migrant resistance in liberal states.

Kuus, Merje


Merje Kuus is an Associate Professor of Geography at UBC. She is a political geographer whose work concentrates on geopolitics and policy processes in transnational settings. Her current research investigates geopolitical knowledge production inside modern bureaucracies, or what might be called political geographies of expertise. It blends insights from human geography, political science and international relations, anthropology, and political sociology to advance our understanding of knowledge and power in transnational regulatory institutions. Dr. Kuus has also written on state sovereignty, intellectuals of statecraft, identity discourses, and the idea of Europe. She is the author of Geopolitics and Expertise: Knowledge and Authority in European Diplomacy (Wiley Blackwell, 2014), Geopolitics Reframed: Security and Identity in Europe’s Eastern Enlargement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and numerous articles in geographic, international relations, and European studies journals. Dr. Kuus also co-edited of the Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics (Ashgate, 2013). She is currently in the early stages of a multi-year project on transnational diplomacy. Dr. Kuus serves as a review editor of the journal Geopolitics and a co-editor of the book series Critical Geopolitics at Ashgate. She has been the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and the Killam Fellowship as well as individual research grants from the United States Institute of Peace, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among other bodies.


Biuković, Ljiljana

BiukovićProf. Biuković (Ph.D. UBC) received an LL.B degree from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade in 1986 then practiced international commercial and investment law in her native Yugoslavia for several years. In 1994 she moved to Hungary as a George Soros scholar to pursue graduate studies at the Central European University in Budapest. After obtaining an LL.M. in International Business Law, she moved to Vancouver, Canada where she received an LL.M. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) from the Faculty of Law at UBC. Research in her graduate degrees was concentrated on international trade law and international dispute resolution.

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