Along with being ACAM’s Program Director (Interim), 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 Filipinx 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, teaching and public facing work generally concern the community organizing and cultural production practices of migrant, racialized and LGBTQ+ communities, with particular interests in the fields of sexual health, education and social services. He approaches his work indebted to and in conversation with Filipinx and Asian diaspora studies and queer and trans of colour theorizing.

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. He was also a past faculty fellow of UBC’s Public Humanities Hub and the Green College Leading Scholars Program.