Jonathon Malek
Office 3A34
Phone 1-431-244-3600

Jonathon Malek

Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Jon G. Malek is Assistant Professor of History at Providence University College. Dr. Malek’s research is on the Filipino diaspora in Canada and includes topics such as immigration, ethnic media, and cultural identity. His recent research project explores the connections between culture and Filipino cuisine, especially in the context of the Canadian diaspora. In addition to his research, he engages the community through service by sitting as a board member of the Manitoba Association of Filipino Teachers and contributing articles to the Pilipino Express. He has appeared on CBC Radio and CJOB (Winnipeg) to discuss Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora in Canada, including nursing migration.


• 211.12 Western Civ II
• 211.13 History of Canada I
• 211.14 History of Canada II
• 211.21 Medieval History
• 211.32 Twentieth Century World
• 213.13 Critical Thinking (Philosophy)


Western University (ON)

Ph.D. History
Graduate of the Graduate Collaborative Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations specializing in Human Geography
Dissertation Title: “Pearl of the Prairies: The history of the Manitoba Filipino Community”

University of Manitoba

M.A., History
Specializing in Early Modern Political Thought and Empire in Europe

University of Manitoba

B.A. (Advanced), History



• Providence University College, Faculty (since July 2023)


• University of Manitoba, Sessional Faculty (2015-2023)
• University of Winnipeg, Sessional Faculty, (2014-2022)
• Brandon University, Sessional Faculty (2020-2021)
• University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities, Research Fellow (2014-2015, 2016-2018)


• Outstanding Professor/Lecturer/Instructor Award, Arts Student Body Council, University of Manitoba (2023)
• Riley Postdoctoral Fellowship in History, University of Winnipeg (2022)
• Arts Teaching Excellence Award, University of Manitoba (2018)

Academic Associations:

• Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity, and Transnationalism (CCMET)
• Canadian Historical Association (CHA)
• Philippine Study Group (PSG)

Academic Service:

• Co-Organizer, Food Matter Research Cluster, University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities
• Editorial Board Member of Mabini Review Journal (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
• Chair, Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity, and Transnationalism
• President, Canadian Oral History Association (2017-2019)



• “Pearl of the Prairies: The history of the Manitoba Filipino Community,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Western University (2019),

Peer-Reviewed Articles

• Filipinos in Canada, Immigration and Ethnicity in Canada Booklet Series, Canadian Historical Association.
• “Silangan Rising: Crafting the Filipino Self and the Other in the Diaspora,” Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints 67 no.1 (2019).
• “Memories of Migration: Memory and Commemoration of Migration in the Winnipeg Filipino Community,” Oral History Forum Vol. 35 (2015).
• “Ethnic Commemoration: Negotiating Identity and Inclusion,” The Immigration and Ethnic History Newsletter 47 no.2 (Winter)

Selected Book Reviews

• “Review: The Filipino migration experience: Global agents of change by Mina Roces,” Journal of Southeast Asia Studies, 1-2 (2023)
• “Review: Cultivating Connections: The Making of Chinese Prairie Canada by Alison Marshall,” University of Toronto Quarterly Review 85 no.3 (2016)
• “Review: Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, Pinay on the Prairies: Filipino Women and Transnational Identities.” Labour/Le Travail, Vol. 75 (Spring): 278-281 (2015)
• “Review: D. R. SarDesai, Southeast Asia: Past and Present 7th ed.” Education About Asia, Vol. 19 No. 2: Maritime Asia (Fall 2014)
• “Review: D. B. Mabalon, Little Manila is in the Heart.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 15 No. 2 (Summer 2014)

Selected Conference Presentations

• “The Filipino Garment Worker Labour Scheme and Changes to Canada’s Anti-Asian Racism,” Difficult Histories in a Global Context, York University, May 29-31, 2023. Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting.
• “The Construction of Filipino Cuisine as Peasant Food,” The Riley Postdoctoral Fellowship Lecture, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 9 November 2022.
• “Round table: The History of Filipino Nurses in Canada,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia. Virtual, 7 April 2022
• “Stitching the Mosaic: The Winnipeg Garment Industry and Filipino Immigration to Canada,” Western Canada Studies Conference, Victoria Inn, Brandon, Manitoba, 25-28 September 2019.
• “‘The Philippine Question’: The Reciprocity Bill and Philippine-Canadian Relations, 1949-1962,” Bridging Worlds, Illumining the Archive: An International Conference in Honor of Professor Resil B. Mojares, Novotel Manila Araneta Centre, Quezon City, 30-31 July 2018.

Public Scholarship

Public Presentations & Outreach

• Monthly Columnist, “It’s All History,” Pilipino Express Newsmagazine (2013-Preesent),
• “COVID-19 and Canada’s Untapped Immigrant Labour Resources,” Active History, Published January 12, 2021.
• “‘Education Gives Lustre to Motherland’,” A Night of Poems, Songs and essays celebrating: ‘Rizal the Artist, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 19 November 2016.