Five UBC Arts faculty members elected to Royal Society of Canada

Sep 11, 2018

Five UBC Arts faculty members have been announced by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) as Fellows and as Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Three faculty have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada – the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada. Two faculty are named as new members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The College provides the RSC with a multigenerational capacity to help Canada and the world address major challenges and seize new opportunities including those identified in emerging fields.

The 2018 Fellows and Members will be welcomed into the RSC this November, at a celebration in Halifax.


Citations courtesy of the Royal Society of Canada


Peter Dauvergne (Political Science)


Peter Dauvergne is a world-leading scholar of global environmental politics. His pioneering research on consumption, corporations, and social movements has significantly advanced the theoretical understanding of the causes and consequences of global environmental change. Extensive field-based research in the Asia-Pacific has further unlocked key insights into the transnational causes of tropical deforestation. His books have received multiple international awards and been widely translated.

Bryan Gick (Linguistics)


Bryan Gick’s pioneering work uncovering the basic mechanisms of spoken language is remarkable for its originality, impact and breadth. He has made surprising discoveries in multimodal perception, advanced theories of movement control, developed applications for ultrasound imaging in language teaching and clinical intervention and co-developed ArtiSynth, the state-of-the-art biomechanical modelling platform for head/neck/face simulation, applied in areas from surgical planning to telecommunications and computer animation.

Daniel Justice (The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of English Language and Literatures)


Daniel Heath Justice is a leading expert in contemporary Indigenous Studies, whose influence extends across North America, the Pacific Rim, and Europe. His publications in kinship, animal studies, sexuality, and literary history are prolific and wide-ranging. Together with his creative work, his scholarship demonstrates a gift to explicate complex social and cultural problems in lucid and accessible language, and it is characterized by a strong sense of mission and responsibility.


Ayesha S. Chaudhry (Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice)


Ayesha S. Chaudhry is Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. She is a leading anti-racist feminist scholar of Islam, and consults on high-level national and international cases concerning human rights, religious freedom, and pluralism. Her research creates space for creatively re-imagining the study of Islam, interrogating what it means to be Muslim, and bringing an intersectional and de-colonial lens to Muslim discourse.

Kiley Hamlin (Psychology) 


Kiley Hamlin is an Associate Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychology. Her internationally recognized and award-winning research explores the earliest developmental origins of the human moral sense, by examining the emergence of moral judgement and action in preverbal infants, who lack language, sophisticated cognitive abilities, and extensive experience with cultural norms and values. More broadly, Hamlin is interested in the origins of human social and moral cognition from both an ontogenetic and phylogenetic perspective.