Alexander Dawson
Professor, Department of History
Tel:  778-782-7898
Office: Harbour Centre 7232

Alec Dawson is a historian of Modern Mexico. He is the author of three books and numerous articles, and is currently working on a book titled Peyote Wars, which examines the ways peyote, whiteness, and indigeneity have been linked over time in Mexico and the United States by indigenous peoples, ecclesiastical authorities, government officials, and others. It also explores the ways in which the boundaries created around peyote and policed by various authorities have been blurred or crossed by a variety of actors since the colonial period. These crossings tell us a great deal about the ways in which the distinctions between Indian and non have been unstable over time, and offer important insights into contemporary debates about indigenous cultures and rights. It shows a history that is lost or marginalized in the fastidious claim to absolute difference, and offers a vision of what might be a less rigid form of identity politics.

Luke Clossey
Associate Professor, Department of History
AB, MA, PhD (UC Berkeley)

Tel:  778 782-3150
Office: AQ 3153
Personal Website:

Luke Clossey teaches world history and the history of religion, and runs occasional introductory workshops on classical Chinese, Latin, and Arabic.  His publications include Salvation and Globalization in the Early Jesuit Missions (Cambridge, 2008). Luke has written a chapter on "Language, Belief, and Knowledge" for the first volume of the Cambridge History of the World (2015). He is currently doing research on representations of Yeshua ben Miriam, a first-century Jewish messiah, in the art and literature of the late-traditional world.

Stephen Duguid

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities
BA (University of Illinois); MA, Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University)

Tel: 778 782-5196
Office: HC 2407

Stephen Duguid is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Graduate Chair of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at SFU’s Vancouver Campus. He teaches courses in the European Enlightenment and in Environmental Studies. Recent publications include Can Prisons Work? The Prisoner as Object and Subject in Modern Corrections (Toronto, 2000) and Nature in Modernity: Servant, Citizen, Queen or Comrade (Peter Lang, 2010).

Helen Hok-Sze Leung
Associate Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
BA (Oxford University); MA, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Tel: 778 782-5688
Office: AQ 5104A

Helen Hok-Sze Leung is an Associate Professor in the Department of of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University. She teaches in the areas of queer and trans theories; film and cultural studies; and autobiographical media. She is the author of Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong (UBC Press, 2008) and Farewell My Concubine: A Queer Film Classic (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010). She is a co-editor of the Queer Asia book series (Hong Kong UP) and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Chinese Cinemas (Routledge), Transgender Studies Quarterly (Duke UP), and Asian Visual Cultures (Amsterdam UP). Her current research projects include: The Sound of Queer Cinema, a study of queer film classics from sonic perspectives; Hollywood North, Asiawood West, a study of Vancouver as a transpacific film location; and (co-authored with Audrey Yue) Queer Asia As Method, an exploration of the theoretical impact of queer Asian knowledge production.


Derryl MacLean
Associate Professor, Department of History
BA (SUNY), MA, PhD (McGill)

Tel: 778 782-4437
Office: AQ 6224

Dr. Derryl MacLean is the founding Director of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures and Associate Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. A social historian of religion trained at the Institute for the Advanced Study of History at Aligarh Muslim University and the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, Professor MacLean centres his research on the social consequences of religious contact and change, using for this purpose data primarily from South and Central Asia. He is best known as the author of the book Religion and Society in Arab Sind (E.J. Brill, 1990) as well as numerous scholarly articles in academic journals, collections of essays, and encyclopedias. These publications range over ‘Abbasid and Fatimid history on the eastern frontier, messianic and apocalyptic movements in the early modern Persianate world, and, more recently, diasporic Muslim communities in British Columbia. His co-edited book (with Sikeena Ahmed), Cosmopolitanism in Muslim Contexts: Perspectives from the Past, was published in the series “Exploring Muslim Contexts” by Edinburgh University Press in July 2012.

Janice Matsumura
Associate Professor, Department of History
BA (University of Toronto), MA (University of Toronto), MA (York University), PhD (York University)

Tel: 778 782-5814
Office: AQ 6008

Janice Matsumura teaches Japanese history from the Tokugawa/Edo period (1603-1867) to the end of the Allied Occupation of Japan in 1952. The focus of her research has been on wartime censorship and thought control as well as the development of psychiatry and criminology in Japan:

  •  “Eugenics, Environment, and Acclimatizing to Manchukuo: Psychiatric Studies of Japanese Colonists,” Journal of the Japan Society of Medical History, Vol. 56, 3, 2010, pp. 329-50.
  •  “Unfaithful wives and dissolute labourers: Moral panic and the mobilisation of women into the Japanese workforce, 1931-45,” Gender & History, Vol. 19, No. 1 (April 2007): 78-100.
  • “State Propaganda and Mental Disorders: The Issue of Psychiatric Casualties among Japanese Soldiers during the Asia-Pacific War,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol. 78, No. 4 (Winter 2004): 804-35.
  • “Mental Health as Public Peace: Kaneko Junji and the Promotion of Psychiatry in Modern Japan,” Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 38, No. 4 (2004): 899-930.