David Jefferess photo 2013

David Jefferess

Dr. David Jefferess
Associate Professor, English
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 371, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BCV1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9359
F: 250.807.8543
E: david.jefferess@ubc.ca

Research Teaching

My teaching and research is shaped by a postcolonial critical perspective. I teach courses in postcolonial literary and cultural studies that focus on colonialism as a cultural project, the ideal and practice of decolonization, critical reading practices informed by engagement with the standpoint(s) of the text and of the reader, globalization and alter-globalization, and the idea of human rights. These courses focus on works of literature and film, among other cultural texts and practices, from a range of countries and locales, including Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, and Europe/North America.

My current research develops out of my doctoral studies, which focused on notions of resistance within the field of postcolonial studies: Postcolonial Resistance: Culture, Liberation, and Transformation (Univeristy of Toronto Press, 2008). I have published a number of articles in the area of global citizenship, humanitarianism, and human rights, and am currently working to critically engage with the way humanitarian and development aid discourse constitute relations between human beings. I am also engaged in research on settler identity in Canada, projects of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians and the process of decolonization.

For more information on my current teaching and research, visit my website.


Postcolonial Literature & Theory
Humanitarian/Development Discourses
Settler Studies/Reconciliation


Associate, UBC Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) http://ccie.educ.ubc.ca/
Co-Investigator, Ethical Internationalism in Higher Education in Times of Global Crises, Funded by the Research Academy of Finland

Network Member, Global Ethics in Higher Education. An International Research Network supported by the World Education Research Association.

Member of the International Advisory Board for the journal: Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review

Presentations & Interviews (on video)

White Privilege in North America
Interview with CBC Daybreak "CIDA rolled into Foreign Affairs and Trade"

"Thinking and Acting Globally: Benevolence and the Desire to Make a Difference."
Presented as part of the UBC Okanagan campus' Research Week, March 2010
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Courses taught in 2015  

CULT 230 001   Foundations:  Reading Across Borders
CULT 340 001   Postcolonial Literary and Critical Studies
CULT 437D 001 /ENGL 347D 001  Postcolonial Studies - Colonial WWI
ENGL 151 107   Critical Studies in Literature
ENGL 224 001   Foundations:  Reading Across Borders
ENGL 379 001   Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies

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