- Barbara Dancygier is Professor in the English Department at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada.
- In 2011, she received Killam Research prize. In 2012/13, she was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
- In May 2012, Barbara Dancygier (with Michael Borkent) organized the 11th Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language Conference, in Vancouver, BC.
- In the fall of 2015, she was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, at Durham University, UK.
- In the fall of 2016, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- She is the editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics.
- She is a member of the editorial board of the journals Language and Literature and English Text Construction; she is also on the board of the John Benjamins book series Human Cognitive Processing. She is also a Board Member of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association.
Barbara Dancygier completed her MA and PhD at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw, where she also worked as a faculty member till 1992. After an extended research affiliation with the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Berkeley (first as a Fulbright Scholar, then as an independent researcher), she moved to Canada in 1997. She taught at Simon Fraser University (Linguistics) and at the University of British Columbia (English), before taking up a position in the Department of English at UBC. Her primary focus in teaching is the department's Language Program (English Language Major, English Language and Literature Major, and also Graduate Program). She published three monographs, five edited volumes, a Cambridge University Press textbook, and two guest-edited special issues. She is an author of about forty scholarly articles.