Our people

Pablo Restrepo-Gautier

Dr. Pablo Restrepo-Gautier is an associate professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies. His main research areas are seventeenth-century Spanish literature and eighteenth-century Spanish exploration of the Pacific Northwest.

Beatriz de Alba-Koch

The chair of the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, Dr. Beatriz de Alba-Koch is also the founding director of the Latin American Studies Program. Her research focuses on the literature and art of Spanish America, particularly México, from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.

Hélène Cazes

Hélène Cazes is a professor in the Department of French and director of the Medieval Studies Program. She studies cultural legacies and literary reception, with particular interests in the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins

Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins is a professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses primarily on Salish languages, and much of her work as a linguist has been as an ally supporting language revitalization efforts in several Salish communities.

Ingrid Holmberg

Professor Ingrid Holmberg of Greek and Roman Studies specializes in early Greek poetry. One of her longstanding research interests is in the significance of metis, or cunning intelligence, in those works.

Sada Niang

French professor Sada Niang is fascinated by the possibilities presented by the cinema to African artists. His recent work is focused on African documentary cinema.

James Young

Philosophy professor James O. Young, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, won the faculty’s research excellence award in 2016.

Simon Devereaux

History professor Simon Devereaux won the faculty’s 2015 teaching award. His areas of research and teaching are English legal and institutional history, history of crime, policing and punishment in Western societies.

Julia Rochtchina

Julia Rochtchina (Germanic and Slavic Studies) won the faculty’s 2016 teaching award. She specializes in Russian language and culture.

The Faculty of Humanities is a dynamic and multi-faceted community of people. We thrive in a culture based on excellent teaching and world-class scholarship, innovation and professional practice. We are committed to serving a diverse student population that hales from the breadth of our province and country, and countries around the world. To learn more about what we do, visit our department and program websites.