Kaela Jubas

Associate Professor


University of British Columbia, 2009


University of British Columbia, 2004

Master of Environmental Studies

York University, 1990

BA (Honours)

York University, 1984

Contact information


Office: 403.210.3921

Web presence



Main Campus : EDT612

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Adult education and community development
  • Adult learning
  • Comparative and international education
  • Cultural studies
  • Feminist theory/research
  • Gender studies
  • Gramsci
  • Social justice and equity in education
  • Work and learning


I take a transdisciplinary approach in my research, drawing on methods and scholarship from adult education, cultural studies, women’s/gender/queer studies, and sociology. My research illustrates how adult learning occurs in the encounters and processes of everyday life and advances an understanding of adult learning as holistic.




Originally from Toronto, I worked there and in Vancouver, BC for some 15 years in the not-for-profit sector before undertaking an MEd and a PhD at UBC, where I researched critical shopping as a source of informal learning about globalization, identity, and social change. Following completion of my PhD in 2008, I joined the Adult Learning specialization here at Werklund. I employ a feminist neo-Gramscian perspective to pursue my interest in and engagement with questions about work-related learning and professional identity, learning related to equity and policy, the pedagogical function of cultural practices and texts, globalization and internationalization, and innovative approaches to qualitative inquiry.

Professional & Community Affiliations

I served as Co-President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education for three years (2013-16) and I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Adult Education Quarterly and the International Journal of Lifelong Education. I am a member of or engage with the following scholarly organizations:


Project 1
Bringing popular culture into the classroom to build a pedagogy of critical curiosity (2017-present)
Funding: University of Calgary SSHRC Enhancement Grant, SSHRC Insight Grant
Jubas, K., Ofori-Atta, E., & Ross, S. (2020, June). Recognizing and overcoming the real risks of fiction: Lessons about incorporating popular culture into professional education curriculum. In J. Egan (Ed.), Proceedings of Adult Education in Global Times: An International Research Conference (pp. 339-346). University of British Columbia.
Jubas, K. (2019, June 1-4). Developing a pedagogy of critical curiosity in professional education. In J. Egan (Ed.), Proceedings of the 38th Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) Annual Conference (pp. 178-185). University of British Columbia.

Project 2
How social movements move: Female post-secondary students' understanding and uptake of #metoo (2018-present)
Co-investigators: Drs. Christine Jarvis & Grainne McMahon, University of Huddersfield, UK
Funding: Werklund School of Education Outbound Fellowship

Project 3
The academy as safe space? Experiences of LGBT scholars and students at the intersection of equity and internationalization agendas (2014-17)
Funding: University Research Grants Committee
Jubas, K. (2018). Equity and internationalization on campus: Intersecting or colliding discourses for LGBTQ people? Brill | Sense.
Jubas, K. (2018, February 26). Ensuring equity for LGBTQ Canadians on the road. The Conversation.

Project 4
Cultural constructions of health and citizenship: How American pop culture inserts itself into learning, debates and policies about Canadian healthcare (2011-15)
Co-investigator: Dr. Dawn Johnston, Communication and Cultural Studies, U of C
Funding: SSHRC Standard Research Grant
Jubas, K., Johnston, D. E. B., & Chiang, A. (2020). Public pedagogy as border-crossing: How Canadian fans learn about health care from American TV. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 35(1), 41-54. (Published online August 28, 2017)
Jubas, K., Johnston, D. E. B., & Chiang, A. (2014). Living and learning across stages and places: How transitions inform audience members’ understandings pop culture and health care. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 26(1), 57-75.

Project 5
Be(com)ing an academic in the neoliberal academy (2011-14)
Co-investigator: Dr. Jackie Seidel, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Jubas, K., & Seidel, J. (2016). Knitting as metaphor for work: An institutional autoethnography to surface tensions of visibilty and invisbility in the neoliberal academy. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 45(1), 60-84.

Project 6
Drama and comedy of professional learning: Culture as a source of learning for healthcare workers (2009-12)
Funding: University of Calgary Starter Grant, SSHRC Standard Research Grant
Jubas, K. (2015). Giving substance to ghostly figures: How female nursing students respond to a cultural portrayal of "women's work" in healthcare. In K. Jubas, N. Taber, & T. Brown (Eds.), Popular culture as pedagogy: Research in the field of adult education (pp. 83-101). Sense Publishers.
Jubas, K., & Knutson, P. (2013). Fictions of work-related learning: How a hit television show portrays internship, and how medical students relate to those portrayals. Studies in Continuing Education, 35(2), 224-240. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2012.738659

Project 7
Politics of shopping: What consumers learn about globalization, identity, and social change (2005-08)
Funding: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Special UBC Graduate Scholarship, Dean of Education Scholarship
Jubas, K. (2010). The politics of shopping: What consumers learn about identity, globalization, and social change. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-1598746662


  • International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Dissertation Award, 2009
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008
  • Dean of Education Scholarship, UBC, 2007
  • Special UBC Graduate Scholarship, UBC, 2004
  • Best Graduate Student Paper, Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, 2007
  • Coolie Verner Prize, UBC Department of Educational Studies/Adult Learning, 2004