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Dr. Alex Rivard


Political Science


Rivard, Alex B. and Mackenzie Lockhart. “Government Preferences, Vote Choice, and Strategic Voting in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science: Accepted for publication

Marc André Bodet, Alex B. Rivard, Véronique Boucher-Lafleur, and Catherine Lanouette.“Assembly Size and Electoral Distortion in an SMP System” Representation: https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2022.2091013

Cutler, Fred, Alexandre Rivard, and Antony Hodgson. “Why Bother? Supporters of Locally Weaker Parties Are Less Likely to Vote or to Vote Sincerely.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 55(1): 208-225.

Rivard, Alex B. and Eric Merkley. 2021. “What Moooves Opinion? Examining the Correlates and Dynamics of Mass Support for Supply Management in the Agriculture Sector.” The Canadian Journal of Political Science 54(3): 674-695

Rivard, Alex B. and Jocelyn McGrandle. 2020. “By-Elections in Québec: Signs of Discord, Dissatisfaction, or Simple Dialogue?” Canadian Political Science Review 14(1): 55-76.


PhD in Political Science, University of British Columbia

MA in Public Policy and Public Administration, Concordia University

BA in Political Science, Concordia University

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Dr. Alfred Kong

Simon Fraser University

Ph.D. in Economics, 2011

University of Toronto

Master of Arts in Economics, 2005

University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 2004

Research Papers

“Obesity and School Performance Among Children in Canada” June 2011

“The Effect of Retirement on Health” with Byron Lee July 2011

“Peer Effects on Obesity Among Adolescents” July 2011


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Dr. Michael Ledger-Lomas

Dr. Michael Ledger-Lomas comes to Corpus Christi and St Mark’s College from London, UK, and brings with him passionate and overlapping interests in the history of Christianity and in modern British and European history. He is excited to introduce students to historical sources and to explore with them the extraordinary relevance of the past to understanding our present moment.



Current Research Projects

Michael is beginning a new book project on encounters between religions and the British Empire in the reign of Edward VII. He also has essays forthcoming on a variety of nineteenth-century topics: the career and reception of the notorious biblical critic David Friedrich Strauss, royal tours of the world, heretical explorers in the Holy Land, the Victorian controversy over whether the Bible permitted men to marry the sisters of their deceased wives and the sermons of the pioneering scientist William Whewell.


BA, MPhil and PhD in History, University of Cambridge


Queen Victoria: This Thorny Crown (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021)

Editor, The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Editor, Dissent and the Bible in Britain, c.1650-1950 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Editor, Cities of God: The Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Previous Appointments

Lecturer in the History of Christianity in Britain, King’s College, London

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Gerrit Krueper

Gerrit Krueper proposes a trans-/post-humanistic theory of the cyborg theorized with the help of Japanese cyberpunk animation. His theory reads the cyborg on the means of both the cyber-body (production, resources, labor force, tools of labor/production, organization) and the cyber-brain, its immaterial realm (consciousness, species-being, social-relations, power struggles, networks).


Film and Media Studies

Recent Publication

Krueper, Gerrit. “Becoming Cyborg: Liberating One’s Real Species-Being. A Materialist Ontology of the Posthuman.” Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics. IOS Press: 2020. 501-509. Print.


2019 – Present | University of British Columbia, Canada

2017 – 2018 | University of Rochester, New York, USA

2016 – 2017 | Research Master at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities

2016 – 2017 | University of Cologne, Germany

2014 – 2015 | State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany), USA

2012 – 2016 | University of Würzburg, Germany

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Jay Irwin

Jay Irwin holds an MFA in creative writing as well as an MA in systematic and philosophical theology. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, preparing a dissertation on the subject of nature and grace in the theo-poetics of Charles Péguy.

His main interests and themes of research include Greek and Medieval metaphysics, the relationship of theology and philosophy, intersections between politics and theology, intersections between literature and theology, and the theme of the ‘between’ itself: What does it mean to be ‘between’ life and death? Between time and eternity? Between the known and the unknown?

Jay is excited to introduce students to the likes of Plato, Aristotle, St Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas, voices which, far from relics of the past, serve to revivify and re-ignite a supple and eminently spiritual sense of reason which modern philosophy so often (and so sorely) lacks.



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Dr. Jessica Hemming

Jessica Hemming teaches Medieval & Renaissance History, English Literature, and occasionally Celtic Mythology, at Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges. Her principal specialist area is medieval Welsh literature, with sidelines in folktale, mythology, and the cultural history of the early Celts. She is the Editor of the London-based international journal “Folklore,” with which she has worked in one capacity or another since 2000.

Her research interests include the semantics of colour terms in Middle Welsh and more generally the cultural significance of colour perception and naming; sensory aspects of medieval lyric poetry; landscape in Medieval Welsh literature; the “female gaze” in early Celtic texts; ancient Celtic mythology.


History and English


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Frieda He

Frieda He has been in the field of language education for over twenty years. Through her work in Mandarin Chinese instruction and curriculum design in Japan and Canada, Frieda has successfully designed and delivered in-house Chinese Language and Business Etiquette Training Programs for government agencies, companies and law firms.

In addition to teaching Mandarin course within Double Masters Degree Program and Mandarin CHIN 100, 101, 200, 180, 182, 291 at SFU, she also teaches Mandarin and Business Mandarin courses and Japanese courses for UBC Extended Learning.

Frieda is a member of the Canadian Association for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She has written two textbooks on Business Mandarin and the Business Mandarin course she designed for UBC Extended Learning was recommended by The Globe and Mail Report on Business in the Executive Education Column.

Frieda uses a variety of teaching techniques to motivate and engage her students in learning Mandarin.

Her research interests include Chinese language pedagogy and culture input, as well as using online media tools for effective Mandarin learning.




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Allen Haaheim

Allen Haaheim teaches ENGL 150 (Academic Research and Writing), and has taught ENGL 110 (Academic Reading, Writing, and Thinking) and ENGL 120 (Introduction to Literary Genres) at Corpus Christi College. He specializes in comparative literature and early medieval Chinese literature, and he is competent in mid-Victorian poetics and as a generalist in the literary traditions of China and the West.

His research agenda aims to mine the good in world traditions through comparative studies. The transcultural potential of the radically innovative prosodic theories of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889) and Shen Yue (441–513), as rooted in their particular traditional religious worldviews and ontologies of perception, is the subject of his (undefended) doctoral dissertation at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Related interests include intercultural and intercivilizational theory, philological exegesis and translation, continental thought and criticism, folklore and folk music, and relations between aesthetics and ethics.

He holds an MA in Classical Chinese Poetry and a BA in English, both from the University of Victoria. In addition to Corpus Christi College, he has taught courses at Simon Fraser University (World Literature), Quest University Canada (Mandarin Chinese), and the University of Victoria (Comparative Literary Theory). He also taught for many years as a TA at the University of Toronto, UBC, and the University of Victoria; several years of ESL in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Canada; and four years of high school.

His most recent publication is “The Poetry of Zuo Binglong (1850–1924)” (with Lap Lam), in Xinzhou yayuan (Singapore Elegantiae Florilegium) 11 (April 2021) 167–180.



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Dr. Andrei Golobokov

Dr. Andrei Golobokov’s research interests center around International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics, with a particular focus on Eurasia. His regional area of expertise is Russia / China – Russia relations. Andrei has teaching experience in Canada, the U.S., China, and Russia. He teaches Introduction to International Relations and Politics, Russia/Eurasia in the World, Great Powers in the Asia-Pacific, Governments, Ideologies, and International Organizations.

As a Fulbright Scholar in 2017 – 2018 (the University of Louisville, US), Andrei developed a study on great power strategy in the Asian-Pacific region. The courses he designed tackled key debates about global and regional security, economics/IPE, and the developing world order.

Between 2015 and 2020, Andrei published a number of articles and a book chapter, mostly analytical and empirical papers. The results of his study were presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Korea-Russia, and China-Russia Forums. His current research project is the nature of the level of analysis and great power engagement types in international institutions, including the security framework on the Korean Peninsula (Six-Party Talks), Shanghai Cooperation Organization, etc.


Political Science


M.A., Political Science University of British Columbia 2021

Ph.D. in Political Science Far Eastern Federal University, 2012

M.A. and B.A. in International Relations Honors, Graduated with High Distinction Far Eastern State University, 2004


Golobokov A.S. (2021) The effects of “thick reinforcement” in the Six-Party Talks _International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

Golobokov A.S. (2019) Russian Naval Activity in the Asia–Pacific: The Herald for a New Alliance? _The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis

Golobokov A.S. (2017) Contemporary Foreign Policy of China, Russia, and the United States in the Asia-Pacific. International Relations (Russia)

Golobokov A.S. (2016) Russia in the APR: the role, interests, and priorities of regional security and economic development in interests, tasks, prospects (co-authored with Sevastyanov S.V., Lukin A.L., etc.). Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok.

Golobokov A.S. (2016) Various forms and mechanisms of Chinese-Russian cooperation in the energy sphere and the role of non-governmental structures. Pacific Science Review.

Previous Appointments

Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Research Assistant, University of British Columbia
Associate Professor, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service
Instructor, Far Eastern Federal University

Professional Societies

Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies
International Federation of Journalists
International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Sciences

Current Research Projects

Great powers engagement in international organizations

Additional Information


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Angus Chan

Angus received his BA in Psychology and MEd in Educational Psychology at SFU, where he researched on the development of academic writing in ESL and EAP students while teaching courses in Psychology and Educational Psychology. He currently teaches Academic Writing and Psychology courses in Corpus Christi and Alexander College.

Angus has also taught ESL, IELTs, TOEFL, SAT to international students in various colleges and test preparation centres. Angus completed his TESOL in Douglas College, and is currently completing his Provincial Instructor’s Diploma at VCC to continue crafting his instructional techniques in the classroom and online.

Born in Hong Kong, raised in the UK, and living in Vancouver, Angus shares the struggles and challenges that current international students must overcome in order survive and succeed in Canadian post secondary schools.

Angus also enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with his growing family.



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Vic Cavalli

Vic Cavalli brings expertise in both early-modern religious literature and in creative writing. His research on St. Robert Southwell, S.J., has been published in Recusant History, Faith & Reason, and Ushaw Magazine. His fiction, poetry, photography, and visual art have been published in various literary journals in North America, England, and Australia. His research areas include youth culture, anthropology of identity, Tribalism, Hip hop culture, emerging Canadian authors, and Literature and the Visual Arts.




Current Project

His novel entitled The Road to Vermilion Lake is published by Harvard Square Editions, 2017.

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Dr. Emil Canlas

Dr. Emil Canlas joined St. Mark’s College and Corpus Christi College in 2011. Prior to joining St. Mark’s, he occupied a variety of academic and administrative positions at Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines; he has also taught religious education and education courses both in the undergraduate and graduate levels in the same University.


Educational Management


Ph.D. in Educational Management (Angeles University Foundation, Philippines)

M.A. in Christian Formation Education (Maryhill School of Theology & Angeles University, Philippines)

B.S. Education in Religious Education (St. Joseph’s College, Philippines)

Management Certificate in Human Resources Management (British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, Canada)

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Dr. Paul Burns

Professor Emeritus of St. Mark’s College

Dr. Paul Burns came back St. Mark’s College and to Corpus Christi College after many years of teaching interdisciplinary courses in Arts One and in Religious Studies at UBC and then at Quest University. For fifteen years he was also responsible for teaching World Religions and the History of Christian Thought at UBC. For these courses, in particular, he won the University Teaching Prize. With colleagues in the Faculty of Arts at UBC, Paul helped to begin the Major in “Religion, Literature and the Arts”.

Paul studied Greek and Latin language, literature, philosophy and history at the University of Toronto before doing a program in Catholic Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College. For his work in Ecumenism in an organization for theological students across Canada, the World Council of Churches arranged for him to do advanced studies in the history of Christian Thought at Oxford.

Here at Corpus Christi College Paul was Director and then Dean of Liberal Arts which meant that he was responsible for developing and integrating the whole curriculum around a contemporary version of the Liberal Arts grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition. He enjoys working with colleagues at Corpus Christi to incorporate some of the innovations in curriculum design and in teaching styles which he had learned in his previous experiences at UBC and at Quest University.

He designed and taught the course “Explorations in Catholicism”  He also taught “World Religions”. Recently to acknowledge the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, Paul team taught a graduate course on Augustine with Dr. Jason Byassee of VST.

Paul continues to research and to publish on major Christian Thinkers in the fourth century. He is particularly interested in the ways Hilary of Poitiers and Augustine of Hippo evangelized Christian and non-Christian members of the educated class of their respective generations. Integrating Catholic faith and public culture was also a challenge for Thomas Aquinas, as noted in the quotation above, and this task continues to be an important challenge for the Church of our own generation.

Education Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Toronto B.Litt. in History of Christian Thought from Oxford S.T.B. in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College M.A. in Classics from the University of Toronto * B.A. (Honors) in Classics from the University of Toronto

Recent Publications Burns, P.C. “Augustine of Hippo: The Christian Life Then and Now” in Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity, Edd. J.M. Houston and J. Zimmermann, (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmanns, 2018) 209-222 and reprinted in Crux Vol. 44, No 3 16-25. Burns, P.C., “Child Sacrifice: A Polyvalent Story in Early Eucharistic Piety,” in Sparing the Child: …, Edd. Arbel, D.V., Burns, P.C., Cousland J.R.C., Menkis, R.C., Neufeld, D. (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2015) 141-164. Burns, P.C., A Model for the Christian Life: Hilary of Poitiers’ Commentary on the Psalms (Washington: Catholic University of America, 2012) * Burns, P.C., editor, Jesus in Twentieth-Century, Art and the Movies (New York: Continuum 2007).


Religious Studies/Historical Theology

“Grace does not repress or ignore nature but rather builds on it and expands it (Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica I,1.8).”

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Richard Bergen

Richard Angelo Bergen comes from a family of five kids in which all of them studied very different subjects, but nevertheless remain the closest of friends. Richard became interested in literature in large part because he was trying to write songs for a hard rock band, for which he sang and played drums: thus, he became fascinated with the question of what makes poetry deep, eloquent, and electrifying. Richard teaches introduction to literature courses and has research and teaching interests in fantasy literature (especially C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien), concept albums, journey and voyage narratives, metaphorical stories, and the raptures of Renaissance poetry. When anyone, himself included, studies a piece of art, there is always the possible tragedy of never noticing: never connecting to the focused or meaningful potentiality of experience that the writer allows. Richard aims in every one of his classes at Corpus Christi to enable moments when literature translates into wakefulness and enrichment.



Current Research Projects

Richard is currently working on finishing his dissertation and a book form of it, which is about the connection between allegorical stories and setting (A Theory of Allegorical Spatiality).

Numerous other works are in progress that relate to this connection (between allegory and place), including conference papers, and essays consigned for submissions to journals like Chaucer Review, Speculum, and Bunyan Studies.

He also has an essay on C. S. Lewis and historical philosophy, which is being published with Cambridge Scholars Press in 2020.


The University of British Columbia (2014-present) – PhD Candidate in English

Trinity Western University, Langley, BC (2007-2014) – Degrees Conferred:


“‘A Warp of Horror’: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Subcreations of Evil.” Mythlore: 30 (Fall 2017): 103-121.

“C. S. Lewis: Interpreting History as Interpreter.” The Inklings and Culture: A Harvest of Scholarship from the Inklings Institute of Canada. Cambridge Scholars Press, Forthcoming 2020.

“Hawes, Stephen.” The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Eds. Robert Rouse and Siân Echard. Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Mere Allegory or More Allegory?” The Journal of Inklings Studies: 9.1 (Spring 2019): 43-62.

Paradise Lost and the Descent of Urania: From Astrology to Allegory.” Culture and Cosmos: 18.2 (Fall 2014): 105-124.

“Praying Hard: Milton, Metal Music, and Religious Representation.” Cutting Edge ISGP Journal: 5.1. (Winter 2018): 8-18.

“Reforming Allegory in The Pilgrim’s Progress.” Love, Knowledge and the University: Christianity and Literature Study Group Conference Papers (2013). Ed. John North. Waterloo: North Waterloo Academic Press, 2015. 107-23.

“Topic and Topography: Mind and World.” INK: Ideas Numbers and Knowledge: 4.1 (Fall 2017): 8-9.

Published Book Reviews

Review of Paradise Lost and the Cosmological Revolution by Dennis Danielson. Culture and Cosmos 18.2 (Autumn 2014).

Review of Spenser in the Moment, eds. Paul Hecht and J. B. Lethbridge. Sixteenth Century Journal. XLVII/2 (Summer 2017): 559-61.

Review of With Wandering Steps: Generative Ambiguity in John Milton’s Poetics, eds. Louis Schwartz and Mary C. Fenton. Sixteenth Century Journal. XLIX/3 (Fall 2018): 845-47.

Digital Humanities Project

“Into the Cloud of Unknowing.” Short Educational film. Scripted, produced, and edited by Richard Bergen and Naomi Hogg. Uploaded to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov7XY_d-sIk&t=123s (2011). With over 20,000 views.

Previous Appointments

Teaching assistantships at TWU and UBC: 2011-2013, 2016-2020

Professional Societies

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Petti Fong

Petti Fong teaches journalism and communications at Corpus Christi College.