Charles R. Menzies, PhD

Charles is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology (UBC-V). He is a member of Gitxaała Nation and is an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska. Charles has served as Member-at-Large on the Faculty Association of UBC (UBCFA) and as elected Director of the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA). He has been a faculty member at UBC since 1996.

Charles is recognized as a strong advocate for shared governance, transparency, and democratic process. As a past representative of faculty in the UBCFA and university residents in the UNA Charles has consistently advocated for the expansion of democratic principles and effective community engagement. He is committed to doing the same as a member of the UBC Board of Governors.

Charles has a PhD in anthropology from the City University of New York and has published in anthropological, political economic, and Indigenous Studies journals. While at UBC Charles’ research has focused on First Nations natural resource management, decolonization, and social justice in human relations.

His most recent book is People of the Saltwater, a story of his home community Gitxaała, north coast BC.

Charles can be contacted via twitter @charlesmenzies or email He writes about university governance and affairs at His professional faculty page is