Ken Brealey, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty
College of Arts

Office: B315g, Abbotsford
Phone: x4605
Current Position
Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Arts
Faculty, Department of Geography (on secondment to Dean of Arts office)


 I first went to university in 1971 but within in a year and a half decided to go into the workforce, ending up at a large national railroad, where I would remain for the next 24 years. During that time, however, I did also go back to school and got my BA in 1991, and my MA in 1995. The next year I resigned from the railroad and became a full-time academic, getting my PhD in 2003. Between 1995 and 2002, I bounced around several British Columbia institutions as a sessional instructor, arriving at UFV in 2002, and gettting a full-time teaching position in 2005. In 2012, I took an appointment as Associate Dean of Faculty in the College of Arts.

PhD, University of British Columbia, 2003
MA, Simon Fraser University, 1995
BA, Simon Fraser University, 1991

Teaching Interests
My teaching interests lie broadly in the areas of historical and cultural geography, especially of Indigenous peoples, and in a context of the growth and expansion of European settler states and the contact process. I am also interested in and have taught introductory regional geography courses on Canada and BC, and in human geography. My other focus is in the teaching the philosophy and history of geographic thought. My research interests are more strongly reflected in my contribution to the Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights, and Land Claims Certificate.

Research Interests
My research interests focus on Aboriginal geographies, and the history and practice of cartography as it relates to contemporary Aboriginal land claims and in post-colonial studies. I am also interested in the geographies of exploration, travel and transportation, architecture and the built landscape, and political economy and globalization studies. Geographically, my field interests are in North America, especially Canada and British Columbia, but also include Australasia, Oceania, and the circumpolar north. My applied work revolves around historical geographical and cartographi research for BC First Nations in land claims litigation and treaty cases. My most recent work has been with the documentary and oral historical geographic and cartographic representation of the Cowichan Tribes land use and occupancy on Southeastern Vancouver Island from first contact throgh to the last colonial period.

For more information see my curriculum vitae.

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