Margaret Schabas

Senior Advisor to the Provost, Academic Freedom


The Senior Advisor to the Provost on Academic Freedom works proactively with members of the university community in Vancouver to support institutional efforts to understand, safeguard and promote academic freedom in accordance with UBC’s 1977 Senate Policy on Academic Freedom.

Academic freedom is a fundamental component of the university’s mission to advance knowledge and learning. It is essential that it be widely understood and upheld. As Senior Advisor, Prof. Schabas has the task of safeguarding and enlightening the members of the UBC community. She cultivates relationships across the campus and prepares an annual report to the UBC Senate (Vancouver). She also advises on controversial speakers and issues pertaining to extra-mural presentations, virtual or physical.

About Prof. Schabas

Prof. Schabas joined UBC in 2001 as a Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts. In addition to serving as Head of the Department of Philosophy between 2004 and 2009, she has been a Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence and a recipient of a UBC Killam Research Award. Prof. Schabas is a former president of the History of Economics Society and is currently on the editorial board of a dozen journals in philosophy or economics. She has published five books, the most recent one in July 2020: "A Philosopher’s Economist: Hume and the Rise of Capitalism" (co-authored with Carl Wennerlind).

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