My approach to undergraduate teaching is informed by critical pedagogy as elaborated by Paulo Freire and bell hooks. Along these lines, I understand teaching to be about creating “the possibilities for the production or construction of knowledge,” as Freire suggests, rather than transferring knowledge. My goal is to move beyond a scholarship of discovery to embrace a scholarship of engagement as one strategy in the process of de-colonizing the university and especially Area Studies.
My teaching contributions at UBC include:
GEOG 395: Introduction to Latin America’s Changing Cultural Landscapes
GEOG 525: Cultures of Nature
geographers-in-the-making | graduate supervision
We are all always in the process of becoming. I am fortunate to share my process with incredible people pursuing graduate degrees at UBC.
- Sarah Brown is a PhD student interested in the politics of international adoption; gringo subjects, imperialism, and Latin America.
- Leigh Barrick is an PhD student with an interest in feminist geopolitics and US border security policies.
- Paige Patchin is an PhD student focusing on empire & love.
- Esteban Izquierdo is a PhD student with an interest in social movements, ethnic studies, and informal educational spaces.
- Michael Krebs is doing MA research on proposed legislation to allow the privatization of land on First Nations reserves.
- Lauren Warbeck is pursuing research for her MA thesis on the deaths of asylum seekers in Canadian detention sites.
Collaborations with former graduate students
Dempsey, J., K. Gould, and J. Sundberg. 2011. Changing land tenure, defining subjects: neoliberalism and property regimes on Native reserves,” in L. Cameron, A. Baldwin and A. Kobayashi (eds.), Rethinking the Great White North: Race, Nature and the Historical Geographies of Whiteness in Canada, pp. 233-255. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.
Sundberg, J. and J. Dempsey. 2009. Culture/Natures. In R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (eds), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 2, pp. 458-463. Oxford: Elsevier.
Sundberg, J. & Bonnie Kaserman. 2007. Cactus Carvings and Desert Defecations: Embodying Representations of Border Crossings in Protected Areas on the Mexico-US Border, Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 25: 727-744.