Faculty of Arts Spring Book Launch

KPU Surrey
Arbutus 1780


Save the Date! Join us to learn more about some amazing recent publications from faculty members. Refreshments will be provided.

Featured Authors: 

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 Dr. Valérie Vézina

Valérie Vézina (PhD, Université du Québec à Montréal) is a faculty member in the department of political science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), since September 2018. Her research focuses on the intersection between nationalism studies and island studies. She specialises in comparative studies. Her book “Une île, une nation?” [One island, one nation?] was a finalist for the prix francophone (the Francophone prize) of the Canadian political science association in 2020. 

Dr. Valérie Vézinabecame a proponent of Open education and open sources since her arrival at KPU. She teaches ideologies and politics on a regular basis and wanted to develop an open source for students; this is how this project was first born. 


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Alexandra Taylor 

Alexandra (B.A., Kwantlen Polytechnic University) is currently working in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Campus and Community Planning Department and Office of Sustainability as Project Support. She passionately endorses open education resources and online learning platforms for their untapped potential to increase accessibility in academia. She is profoundly grateful to Dr. Valérie Vézina, for her mentorship and unwavering support. 


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Dr. Kyle Jackson 

Dr. Kyle Jackson’s research reevaluates the history of empire and borderlands in the eastern Himalayas, urging a shift towards analytical perspectives that begin in the highlands and work outwards from this understudied but globally significant region. Jackson’s first book, The Mizo Discovery of the British Raj: Empire & Religion in Northeast India, 1890-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2023), offers a decolonial history of the state of Mizoram—one retold through historical, upland perspectives on empire. His articles on South Asian history, historical methodology, and pedagogy appear in Modern Asian Studies, History Compass, Studies in History, and The Routledge Companion to Northeast India. At KPU, he is recipient of a Dean of Arts Teaching Award (2022) and a Chancellor’s Chair position (2024) exploring connected and creative histories of India’s Northeast. He teaches courses in global, digital, and animal history. 



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Dr. Jason Ramsey 

Jason Ramsey is a Cultural Anthropologist interested in the vastly different ways people experience and respond to social change. Over the past 15 years, he has researched the complicated relationships between past, present, and future on a defunct plantation in southern Mexico that doubles as Catholic pilgrimage site. Trained in both Archaeology and Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago, he explores themes related to heritage, ruination, religion, capitalism, race, and history. Hailing from one former British colony (Barbados) and now living in another (BC), Jason has been engaging KPU students since 2016 in a politically-minded approach to the forms of oppression and resistance that surround us. 




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Dr. Alicia Horton 

PhD (Queen’s) MA (Queen’s) BA Hon 1st SFU 

Dr. Alicia Horton is an instructor in both the Criminology Department and Sociology Department at KPU. She is also a KPU alumni who graduated with a Diploma of Criminology in 2003. Her primary academic research areas include prison culture, prison violence, prison education, social control and bodies as a resource. She is particularly interested in people’s lived experiences with prisoning, criminalization, and resistance. She loves social constructionist theories, masculinities theories and qualitative methods.  Dr. Horton is an Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program certified instructor. Her most recent co-authored book Connecting Criminology and Criminal Justice: People, Places and Processes presents integrated criminology/criminal justice content from a sociological perspective.  She has also published work in Deviant Behavior and Screening Justice: Canadian Crime Films, Culture and Society.