Arts combines the strengths of the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts to serve as an interdisciplinary hub for research, learning, and innovation. Whether Arts scholars work with local communities, or explore issues such as climate change, world music, or international development, their research has a deep and broad impact on the local and international stage.
Arts has 25 academic departments, institutes, and schools spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Creative and Performing Arts as well as professional programs, more than 15 interdisciplinary programs, a gallery, a museum, theatres, concert venues, and a performing arts centre. Truly unique in its scope, the Faculty of Arts is a dynamic and thriving community of outstanding scholars – both faculty and students.
Here, our students explore cutting-edge ideas in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences, ideas that deepen their understanding of our humanity and its central role in an age of scientific and technological discovery. The disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches in our classrooms, our labs, and in our cultural venues inspire students to apply their knowledge both to and beyond their specialization. Using innovation and collaborative learning, our graduate students create rich pathways to knowledge and real connections to global thought leaders.
The UBC library has extensive collections, especially in Arts, and houses Canada’s greatest Asian language library. Arts graduate programs enjoy the use of state-of-the-art laboratories, the world renowned Museum of Anthropology and the Belkin Contemporary Art Gallery (admission is free for our graduate students). World-class performance spaces include theatres, concert venues and a performing arts centre.
Since 2001, the Belkin Art Gallery has participated in the training of young curators at the graduate level in the Critical and Curatorial Studies program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. The Master of Arts program aims to address the growing need for curators and critics who have theoretical knowledge and practical experience in analyzing institutions, preparing displays and communicating about contemporary art.
The MOA Centre for Cultural Research (CCR) undertakes research on world arts and cultures, and supports research activities and collaborative partnerships through a number of spaces; including Research Rooms dedicated to collections-based research, an Ethnology Lab, a Conservation Lab, an Oral History and Language Lab supporting audio recording and digitization, a Library, an Archives, and a Community Lounge for the use of groups engaged in research activities. The CCR includes virtual services supporting collections-based research through the MOA CAT Collections Online site that provides access to the Museum’s collection of approximately 40,000 objects and nearly 80,000 object images, and the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) that brings together 430,000 object records and associated images from 19 institutions.
The Faculty of Arts at UBC is internationally renowned for research in the social sciences, humanities, professional schools, and creative and performing arts.
As a research-intensive faculty, Arts is a leader in the creation and advancement of knowledge and understanding. Scholars in the Faculty of Arts form cross-disciplinary partnerships, engage in knowledge exchange, and apply their research locally and globally.
Arts faculty members have won Guggenheim Fellowships, Humboldt Fellowships, and major disciplinary awards. We have had 51 faculty members elected to the Royal Society of Canada, and several others win Killam Prizes, Killam Research Fellowships, Emmy Awards, and Order of Canada awards. In addition, Arts faculty members have won countless book prizes, national disciplinary awards, and international disciplinary awards. We consistently attract high levels of external research funding, and our success rate in the SSHRC Insight Grants and SSHRC Insight Development Grants programs is consistently higher than the national success rate.
Graduate Degree Programs
Research Supervisors in Faculty
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad||Department of Linguistics||Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Social Media Mining, Arabic|
|Abrutyn, Seth||Department of Sociology||Suicide, Adolescent Suicide, Sociological Theory, Mental Health, Social Psychology, Emotions|
|Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto||Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory||investigates responses by artists and intellectuals to the crisis of aesthetic and political representation triggered by the failed protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty of 1960, and in particular their reliance on depictions of the sexual and geographical margins in their articulation of an aesthetics of political disaffection.|
|Ahmed, Rumee||Department of Asian Studies||Islam,Muslims,law,theology,Quran,Koran|
|Al-Kassim, Dina||Department of English, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice||Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Identity and Transnationality, Sexuality, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Gender Relationship, postcolonial , anti-colonial, feminist, queer theory, psychoanalysis, subjectivity, comparative literature: Arabic, English, French|
|Alden, Lynn||Department of Psychology||Cognitive processes in the anxiety disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder, adult-onset Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, cognitive-behavior therapy|
|Alvarez-Moreno, Raul||Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies||Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Language, Knowledge, Significance and Thought Building, Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature and Culture (Celestina, picaresque novel, short story), Economy and Medieval Literature and Culture , Visual Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, Relations between Language and Ideology, Travel Writing|
|Anderson, Kristin Siwan||Vancouver School of Economics||Micro-level institutions, role of gender, studies of rural governments|
|Anderson, Scott Allen||Department of Philosophy||intersection of ethics and social and political philosophy, largely focused on how to use and regulate power, coercion, and social norms; action theory and moral psychology, privacy, and problems related to the intensification of technology and information.|
|Anderson, Leonard||School of Music||Piano, Piano Pedagogy|
|Anger, Suzy||Department of English||Victorian Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Victorian Literature and Psychology, Victorian Literature and Science, Hermeneutics|
|Antwi, Phanuel||Department of English||critical black studies; settler colonial studies; black Atlantic and diaspora studies; Canadian literature and culture since 1830; critical race, gender, and sexuality studies; and material cultures;|
|Arneil, Barbara||Department of Political Science||Identity politics, history of political thought|
|Arnovick, Leslie Katherine||Department of English||Oral tradition, business and technical writing, history and structure of the English language, linguistics|
|Averill, Gage||Haitian music, barbershop harmony, sound, music and power, music and politics, Caribbean music, steelband, ethnomusicology, world music, Ethnomusicology, Haiti, Haitian diaspora, American Popular Culture, Trinidad and Tobago, and Traditional Irish Music|
|Aydede, Murat||Department of Philosophy||Philosophy of mind|
|Babel, Molly||Department of Linguistics||Phonetics, Recognition of Speech, Perception and Representation, Acoustics, Dialects, speech perception, acoustics of speech production, spoken word recognition, phonetic variation|
|Bablitz, Leanne||Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies||Roman history, Roman law, Roman courtrooms, , Roman social history and law, Roman topography, Roman legal procedure|
|Badir, Patricia||Department of English||Medieval and reformation dramatic entertainment|
|Baier, Gerald||Department of Political Science||Canadian politics, federalism, constitutional law, courts, federal-provincial relations, Constitution, federalism and public law in Canada|
|Bailey, C. D. Alison||Department of Asian Studies|
|Baines, Erin||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||transitional justice; the politics of humanitarianism and forced displacement; and, the study of gender and armed conflict, with a regional focus on northern Uganda|
|Baker, Donald Leslie||Department of Asian Studies||Cultural and religious history of Korea|
|Bakker, Karen Jessica||Department of Geography||Political economy, political ecology, environmental studies, development studies, and resource and environmental management|
|Ballarin, Roberta||Department of Philosophy||Philosophical logic, nature and sources of necessity|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Admission : figuring the early modern theatre (English - PHD)
Reinventing Buddhism : conversations and encounters in modern India, 1839 - 1956 (Asian Studies - PHD)
The influence of mood on self-reported personality (Psychology - PHD)
The case for blackgirl joy in America (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - MA)
Essays on firm heterogeneity and entrepreneurship (Economics - PHD)
Making tomorrow's stories : the commercial viability and material demands of transmedia narratives for children (Children's Literature - MA)
Perception of lexical tones by homeland and heritage speakers of Cantonese (Linguistics - PHD)
Engendering unification : family law and women's legal subjectivity in Southern Yemen (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - MA)
The road of the lost (Children's Literature - MA)
(Pro)creación : los nuevos discursos de la maternidad en tres autoras contemporáneas (Hispanic Studies - PHD)
The effect of socially communicative eye contact on memory (Psychology - PHD)
Finding semantic building blocks : temporal and modal interpretation in Atayal (Linguistics - PHD)
Redistributing the teacher : an analysis of technology enabled teaching in medical education (Science and Technology Studies - MA)
Institutionalised activism and politicised NGOs : the state's engagement with NGOs in Sudan (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - MA)
The new global politics of responsible investment (Political Science - PHD)
Reading the threat, imagining otherwise : Notting Hill Carnival, the London Riots and a global issue of blackness (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - MA)
Native American routes: the ancient trails hidden in Chicago’s grid system
The Guardian Thu Jan 17 2019 By: Tanner Howard The Guardian quoted Coll Thrush, a history professor at UBC, in an article about Indigenous pathways in North American cities. “We have to remember that the urban landscape often almost completely overwrote indigenous territories in places...
China expresses ‘strong dissatisfaction’ with Trudeau as countries spar
The Guardian Wed Jan 16 2019 By: Leyland Cecco and Lily Kuo The Guardian quoted Michael Byers, a professor of political science at UBC, in an article about relations between the two countries after China passed a death sentence on a Canadian man. “I’m mystified by the lack of restraint...
Expert describes two Canadians detained in China as pawns in diplomatic chess game
City News Sun Jan 13 2019 By: Marcella Bernardo City News interviewed UBC political science professor Yves Tiberghien about the two Canadian men who are currently detained in China, as part of suspected retaliation to Canada’s arrest of a Huawei executive.
Deal reached between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and RCMP
CBC Fri Jan 11 2019 CBC Early Edition interviewed UBC sociology professor David Tindall about his views of the deal reached between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and RCMP over road access for a pipeline company. The interview starts at the 51:20 mark. Tindall also appeared on CBC...