Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell
Lecturer: Non-fiction
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Email: deborah (dot) campbell (at) ubc (dot) ca


Courses Taught

CRWR 455J-001: Writing Creative Non-Fiction II
CRWR 505K-001: Advanced Writing of Non-Fiction I
CRWR 555K-001: Advanced Writing of Non-Fiction II

About Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell is the author of the nonfiction books This Heated Place and A Disappearance in Damascus. A Disappearance in Damascus won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, Canada’s largest literary award for nonfiction, as well as the Hubert Evans BC Book Prize and the Freedom to Read Award.

Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Walrus, The Economist, Foreign Policy, New Scientist, The Guardian, Ms., and Adbusters, where she spent five years as an associate editor. She has reported from such places as Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, the UAE, Israel, Palestine, Cuba, Mexico and Russia, combining a culturally immersive approach to field research with narrative storytelling.

She is the winner of several National Magazine Awards and has been published in 11 countries and 6 languages. Her work has been included in anthologies and essay collections in Europe, Asia and North America, and her radio documentaries on international affairs have aired on NPR and CBC radio. She has also written on contemporary art for magazines such as Canadian Art, Form, and Modern Painters, taking a particular interest in art that explores the intersection between people and politics.

In addition to teaching at the University of British Columbia, she has guest lectured at Harvard, Berkeley and Zayed University in Dubai, and has appeared as a commentator on media and Mideast issues for TV and radio.