BA Honours, Geography with Sociology minor, Simon Fraser University (2006)
MA, Geography, University of Toronto (2007)
PhD, Geography, University of Toronto (2014)


Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in the nexus of critical human geography and intersectional feminist theorizing. His research interests concern Filipinx and Asian Canadian studies; feminist and queer of colour critique; migrant, anti-racist and queer community organizing; and the politics of education, mentorship, teaching and learning. JP is currently Assistant Professor in Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies with UBC’s Social Justice Institute, where he was previously Instructor I (from January 2016 to June 2018) and Postdoctoral Fellow (from 2014-2015). His active research projects include “Mentorship as Political Practice”, a community partnered research project with the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP); “Queer World Cities”, in partnership with Dr. Natalie Oswin (at McGill University); and an oral history of HIV/AIDS in Vancouver BC, with various local community partners. He teaches courses on theories of subjectivity, representation and queer of colour critique, as well as global social justice issues and Asian Canadian studies.

JP was co-editor of the landmark 2012 volume Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility (University of Toronto Press), as well as of recent journal special issues on the intersections of sexuality, race and nation in the Canadian context in ACME: International Journal of Critical Geographies and TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. He has been co-editor of ACME: International Journal of Critical Geographies since August 2017. Since coming to UBC, JP has also been active in media-based public pedagogy through expert interviews and writing on local and national issues concerning sexuality, LGBTQ issues, immigration and racism. He also holds faculty affiliations with Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies and the Department of Geography.


My broad research interests are in the areas of queer of colour geographies, critical race and ethnic studies, diaspora and transnationalism, critical pedagogy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the lived geographies of sexual and racial minorities in educational spaces. The utility and mobilization of community, intimacy, knowledge and emotion are concerns that cut across my various research interests. I am indebted to anti-racist feminist and queer of colour theorizing in my work.

My research programme includes newer projects that I am developing, first, with colleagues at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto Mississauga on emotion, positionality and difference in the production of learning relationships and classroom spaces, and second, with a colleague in the Ontario College of Art and Design University on the gender and sexual politics of global cities from the perspective of Filipinx diaspora communities. These projects combine with my continuing research on the racial politics of sexual health promotion, social service provision and community organizing.

In the past, I have also published on questions of social inequalities and marginalization in relation to urban public spaces and policymaking.

Selected Publications

Books and edited collections
2013 Nash, C. and Catungal, J.P. (eds.). Special issue: Sexual landscapes, lives and livelihoods in Canada. ACME International Journal of Critical Geography, 12(2). (P)
2012 Coloma, R., McElhinny, B., Tungohan, E., Catungal, J.P., and Davidson, L. (eds.). Filipinos in Canada: disturbing invisibility. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (S)

Journal articles and editorials

Forthcoming Laliberte, N., Catungal, J.P., Castleden, H., Keeling, A., Momer, B. and Nash, C.J. Teaching the geographies of Canada: reflections on pedagogy, curriculum and the politics of teaching and learning. The Canadian Geographer. DOI: 10.1111/cag.12236 (P)
2013 Catungal, J.P. Ethno-specific safe houses in the liberal contact zone: race politics, place-making and genealogies of the AIDS sector in global-multicultural Toronto. ACME International Journal of Critical Geography, 12(2): 250-278. (P)

Nash, C. and Catungal, J.P. Introduction: Sexual landscapes, lives and livelihoods in Canada. ACME International Journal of Critical Geography, 12(2): 181-192. (P)

2012 Leslie, D. and Catungal, J.P. Social justice and the creative city: class, gender and racial inequalities. Geography Compass, 6(3): 1111-122. (P)
2010 Catungal, J.P. and McCann, E.J. Governing sexuality and park space: acts of regulation in Vancouver, BC. Social and Cultural Geography, 11(1): 75-94. (P)
2009 Catungal, J.P. and Leslie, D. Placing power in the creative city: governmentalities and subjectivities in Liberty Village. Environment & Planning A, 41: 2576-2594. (P)

Catungal, J.P., Leslie, D. and Hii, Y. Geographies of displacement in the creative city: the case of Liberty Village, Toronto. Urban Studies, 46(5&6): 1095-1114. (P)

Catungal, J.P. and Leslie, D. Contesting the creative city: race, nation, multiculturalism. Geoforum, 40: 701-704. (E)

Book chapters

Forthcoming Catungal, J.P. Towards queer(er) futures: Proliferating the ‘sexual’ in Filipinx-Canadian sexuality studies. In Diaz, R., Largo, M. and Pino, P. (eds.), Diasporic intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian imaginaries.

Catungal, J.P. Organizing networks: locating queer-of-colour politics in 1980s Toronto. In Haritaworn, J., Kanani, N., Moussa, G., Rodriguez, R., and Ware, S.M. (eds.), Marvellous grounds: Queer of colour spaces in Toronto. (E)

2015 Catungal, J.P. The racial politics of precarity: understanding ethno-specific AIDS service organizations in neoliberal times. In Doan, P. (ed.), Planning and the LGBTQ community: beyond queer spaces. (S)
2012 McElhinny, B., Davidson, L., Catungal, J.P., Tungohan, E., and Coloma, R. Spectres of in/visibility: Filipina/o labour, culture and youth in Canada. In Coloma, (eds.), Filipinos in Canada: disturbing invisibility. (S)

Catungal, J.P. Scales of violence from the body to the globe: slain Filipino youth in Canadian cities. In Coloma, (eds.), Filipinos in Canada: disturbing invisibility. (S)

2011 Catungal, J.P. Circulating Western notions: implicating myself in the transnational traffic of ‘progress’ and commodities. In Wane, N.N., Kempf, A. and Simmons, M. (eds.), The Politics of Cultural Knowledge, pp. 23-46. Rotterdam/Boston: Sense Publishers. (S)
J. Warren Nystrom Award, American Association of Geographers (2015)
Governor General’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence
Starkey-Robinson Award for Graduate Research on Canada