BA Honours, Geography with Sociology minor, Simon Fraser University (2006)

MA, Geography, University of Toronto (2007)

PhD, Geography, University of Toronto (2014)


Dr. JP Catungal is Assistant Professor of Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. His teaching interests include anti-racist feminisms, queer-of-colour critique, the politics of knowledge production, and migration and diaspora studies. JP’s research develops queer-of-colour and anti-racist feminist interventions in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is also engaged in ongoing work on racial geographies of sexual health, alignments between homonationalism and straight allyship, and queer-of-colour theorizing in Filipinx-Canadian studies.


Dr. JP Catungal is Assistant Professor of Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. A queer, first-generation Filipino-Canadian settler living in unceded Coast Salish territories, JP is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in the nexus of critical human geography and intersectional feminist theorizing. His research concerns Filipinx and Asian Canadian studies; feminist and queer of colour critique; migrant, anti-racist and queer community organizing; and the politics of education, mentorship, teaching and learning. His active research projects include “Mentorship as Political Practice”, a community partnered research project with the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP); “Queer World Cities”, in partnership with Dr. Natalie Oswin (at McGill University); and an oral history of HIV/AIDS in Vancouver BC, in collaboration with various local community partners and fellow scholars from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

In keeping with his commitments to anti-racist queer, feminist and decolonial approaches to teaching and learning, he seeks to imagine and enact more socially just curricular and pedagogical philosophies and practices within and beyond his classrooms. He collaborates with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s Indigenous Initiatives and Student Diversity Initiative programs. His own courses deal with theories of subjectivity, representation and queer of colour critique, as well as global social justice issues and popular cultures and/of Asian Canada.

JP was co-editor of the landmark 2012 volume Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility (University of Toronto Press), as well as of recent journal special issues on the intersections of sexuality, race and nation in the Canadian context in ACME: International Journal of Critical Geographies and TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. He has been co-editor of ACME: International Journal of Critical Geographies since August 2017. Since coming to UBC, JP has also been active in media-based public pedagogy through expert interviews and writing on local and national issues concerning sexuality, LGBTQ issues, immigration and racism. He also holds a faculty affiliation with the Department of Geography.

JP has received various awards for his scholarly work, among them the Governor-General’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Starkey-Robinson Award and the American Association of Geographers’ J. Warren Nystrom Award.

Intimating Racial Knowledges

Journal articles

  • Roberts, D. and Catungal, J.P. (2018). Neoliberalizing social justice in infrastructure revitalization planning: Analyzing Toronto’s More Moss Park project in its early stages. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(2): 454-263. Special issue on “Social justice and the city”.
  • Catungal, J.P. (2017). With/out apologies: queering public conversations about redressive nationalisms. Historical Geography, 45: 102-107.
  • Kojima, D., Catungal, J.P. and Diaz, R. (2017). Feeling queer, feeling Asian, feeling Canadian. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 38: 69-80.
  • Catungal, J.P. (2017). The lessons of travel: teaching queer Asian Canada through Joella Cabalu’s It Runs in the Family and Alejandro Yoshizawa’s All our Father’s Relations. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 38: 93-101.
  • Catungal, J.P. (2017). Feeling bodies of knowledge: situating knowledge production through felt embeddedness. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 108(3): 289-301.
  • Laliberte, N., Catungal, J.P., Castleden, H., Keeling, A., Momer, B. and Nash, C.J. (2015). Teaching the geographies of Canada: reflections on pedagogy, curriculum and the politics of teaching and learning. The Canadian Geographer, 59(4): 519-531.
  • Catungal, J.P. (2013). Ethno-specific safe houses in the liberal contact zone: race politics, place-making and genealogies of the AIDS sector in global-multicultural Toronto. ACME International Journal of Critical Geography, 12(2): 250-278.
  • Nash, C. and Catungal, J.P. (2013). Introduction: Sexual landscapes, lives and livelihoods in Canada. ACME International Journal of Critical Geography, 12(2): 181-192.


Book chapters

  • Catungal, J.P. (2018). “We had to take space, we had to create space”: Locating queer of colour politics in 1980s Toronto. In J. Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, S.M. Ware (with Rio Rodriguez) (eds.), Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto. University of Toronto Press.
  • Catungal, J.P. (2017). Towards queer(er) futures: Proliferating the ‘sexual’ in Filipinx-Canadian sexuality studies. In Diaz, R., Largo, M. and Pino, P. (eds.), Diasporic intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian imaginaries. Northwestern University Press.
  • Catungal, J.P. (2015). The racial politics of precarity: understanding ethno-specific AIDS service organizations in neoliberal times. In Doan, P. (ed.), Planning and the LGBTQ community: beyond queer spaces. New York: Routledge.