To be human is to wonder, to seek meaning, to discover. Faculty of Arts’ graduate students create and disseminate knowledge in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Creative and Performing Arts through teaching, research, professional practice, artistic production, and performance in the context of freedom of inquiry and intellectual curiosity.

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.

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded


Research Facilities

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.

Research Highlights

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

Supervisors in Faculty

Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad iSchool@UBC: School of Library, Archival and Information Studies Learning from people and data, and creating more ‘social’ machines: Natural Language Processing; Deep Learning; Social Media Mining; Affect & Psychological Computing; Arabic; Computer-Mediated Communication
Adriasola Munoz, Ignacio Alberto Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Ahmed, Rumee Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies Islam,Muslims,law,theology,Quran,Koran
Al-Kassim, Dina Department of English, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice World literature
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
Anderson, Leonard School of Music
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Vancouver School of Economics Micro-level institutions, role of gender, studies of rural governments
Anderson, Scott Allen Department of Philosophy
Anger, Suzy Department of English Victorian Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Victorian Literature and Psychology, Victorian Literature and Science, Hermeneutics
Antwi, Phanuel Department of English
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 speech, language change, accommodation, voice, language stereotypes, sound change, sociolinguistics, phonetics, speech styles, dialects of English, language variation, speech intelligibility
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
Baines, Erin Liu Institute for Global Issues
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
Barker, John Department of Anthropology Local and global religion, history of Canadian anthropology, ethno-history, the anthropology of art and the impact of international environmental organizations upon indigenous peoples
Barnes, Trevor Department of Geography Vancouver


Graduate Student Profiles

Chelsea Gardner

Doctor of Philosophy in Classics (PhD)
Sacred altars in Mainland Greece: A comprehensive survey of form and distribution in the Archaic and Classical periods

Leah Grantham

Master of Arts in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (MA)
Eugenics, Settler Colonialism, and Public Space: The Sexual Sterilization Act of Alberta and Indigenous People

Kirk King

Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD)
Kadekaru Rinsho: His Life, His Music, and His Role in Restoring Okinawan Identity

Teilhard Paradela

Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
Audiences Exposed: Communication and Discipline in the Philippines in the late 20th Century

Alicia Luedke

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
Women, Peace and Security: Armed Groups and Sexual Violence in the Twenty-First Century

Stephanie Nakagawa

Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice (DMA)
Canadian Opera Aria Anthology for Soprano

Lily Ivanova

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
Institutionalizing empathy: The Role of Culture in the Representation and Interpretation of Genocide

Alumni on Success

Lauren Hunter

Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD) [2007]
Job Title
Head, IN.spire Innovation Hub, Natural Resources Canada
Government of Canada

Christine Marie Tipper

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2008]
Job Title
Assistant Professor & Neuroimaging Scientist
University of British Columbia, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

Janet Mah

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2010]
Job Title
PHSA - BC Children's Hospital

Xin Huang

Job Title
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Patrick Edwards

Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA) [2007]
Job Title
Medical Officer
Canadian Armed Forces

David Waddell

Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) [2013]
Job Title
Community Digital Initiatives Librarian
Vancouver Public Library

Michael More

Master of Science in Geography (MSc) [2012]
Job Title
Advisor, Graduate Career Development
University of British Columbia

Asato Ikeda

Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD) [2012]
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Fordham University

Recent Thesis Submissions