The Faculty of Arts at UBC brings together the best of quantitative research, humanistic inquiry, and artistic expression to advance a better world. Graduate students in the Faculty of Arts create and disseminate knowledge in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Creative and Performing Arts through teaching, research, professional practice, artistic production, and performance.

Arts has more than 25 academic departments, institutes, and schools 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 that deepen our understanding of humanity in an age of scientific and technological discovery. Whether Arts scholars work with local communities, or tackle issues such as climate change, world music, or international development, their research has a deep impact on the local and international stage.

The disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches in our classrooms, labs, and 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.

 

Research Facilities

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 trained 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 addresses 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 for collections-based research, an Ethnology Lab, a Conservation Lab, an Oral History and Language Lab supporting audio recording and digitization, a library, an archive, and a Community Lounge for 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 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 81 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. 

External funding also signifies the research success of our faculty. In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Faculty of Arts received $34.6 million through over 900 research projects. Of seven UBC SSHRC Partnership Grants awarded to-date, six are located in Arts, with a combined investment of $15 million over the term of the grants.

Since the 2011 introduction of the SSHRC Insight Grants and SSHRC Insight Development Grants programs, our faculty’s success rate has remained highly stable, and is consistently higher than the national success rate.

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Department of Linguistics Artificial intelligence (AI); Deep Learning; Natural Language Processing; Machine Learning; Computational Linguistics; Social Media Mining; Arabic
Abrutyn, Seth Department of Sociology Social theory; Sociological Theory; Suicide; mental health; social psychology; Emotions; youth
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.
Afsahi, Afsoun Department of Political Science Democratic theory and practice, Gender in politics, Challenges, opportunities, and best methods of inclusion, Representation of marginalized communities in democratic decision-making processes
Ahmed, Rumee Department of Asian Studies Islamic studies; Islam; Muslims; Religion; Law; Theology; ethics; Philosophy
Al-Kassim, Dina Department of English Language and Literatures Critical identity, ethnic and race studies; English language; Gender, sexuality and education; Human rights, justice, and ethical issues; anti-colonial; Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles; Artistic and Literary Theories; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; comparative literature: Arabic, English, French; feminist; Gender Relationship; Identity and Transnationality; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; postcolonial; psychoanalysis; queer theory; sexuality; Subjectivity
Al-Solaylee, Kamal School of Journalism, Writing, and Media Literary nonfiction, Race and representation, Migration studies
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
Amijee, Fatema Department of Philosophy Metaphysics; Modern Philosophy; feminist philosophy; History of Analytic Philosophy
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, L. Mark School of Music Piano, Piano Pedagogy
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Vancouver School of Economics Micro-level institutions, role of gender, studies of rural governments
Anger, Suzy Department of English Language and Literatures Victorian Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Victorian Literature and Psychology, Victorian Literature and Science, Hermeneutics
Antwi, Phanuel Department of English Language and Literatures 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;
Arefin, Mohammed Department of Geography Human geography; History of sciences and technology (except medicine and health care); urban geography; discard studies; urban political ecology; Environmental justice; waste; sanitation; geographical political economy
Arneil, Barbara Department of Political Science Identity politics, history of political thought
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
Ayars, Alisabeth Department of Philosophy Ethics, Metaethics, Metaphysics, Moral Psychology, Epistemology, Cognitive Science
Aydede, Murat Department of Philosophy Philosophy of mind
Babel, Molly Department of Linguistics Linguistics; Phonetics; Recognition of Speech; Perception and Representation; Acoustics; Dialects; acoustics of speech production; phonetic variation; speech perception; spoken word recognition
Bablitz, Leanne Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies Roman history, Roman law, Roman courtrooms, , Roman social history and law, Roman topography, Roman legal procedure
Badir, Patricia Department of English Language and Literatures English language; Canadian Modernism; Early Modern Drama; Early Modern Literature and Religion; Medieval Drama; Shakespeare; Shakespeare in Canada
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 pre-modern literature; fiction and literary criticism

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Open Research Positions

This list of possible research projects is non-exhaustive. It only shows positions that are specifically advertised in the G+PS website.

Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Arts.

 

Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
UBC Author(s): Lindsey Richardson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 09553959
Volume: 105
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Statistics and Probability Letters
UBC Author(s): Kyungchul Song (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01677152
Volume: 186
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Clinical Neurophysiology
UBC Author(s): Lawrence Ward (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13882457
Volume: 139
Page Range: 9-22
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: Psychoneuroendocrinology
UBC Author(s): Eric Kim (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03064530
Volume: 141
Publication Date: July 2022

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Publication: AIDS and Behavior
UBC Author(s): Lindsey Richardson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10907165
Volume: 26
Page Range: 1933-1942
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Personality
UBC Author(s): Nancy Sin (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00223506
Volume: 90
Page Range: 441-456
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment
UBC Author(s): Susan Birch (Psychology / Faculty of Arts), Connor Kerns (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 07342829
Volume: 40
Page Range: 327-345
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: British Journal of Learning Disabilities
UBC Author(s): Timothy Stainton (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13544187
Volume: 50
Page Range: 220-227
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Cognition
UBC Author(s): Mark Schaller (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00100277
Volume: 223
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Resources Policy
UBC Author(s): Nadja Kunz (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03014207
Volume: 76
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: British Journal of Learning Disabilities
UBC Author(s): Timothy Stainton (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13544187
Volume: 50
Page Range: 119-121
Publication Date: June 2022

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Publication: Biological Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Connor Kerns (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00063223
Volume: 91
Page Range: 977-987
Publication Date: 1 June 2022

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Publication: Quaternary Science Reviews
UBC Author(s): Camilla Speller (Anthropology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 02773791
Volume: 284
Publication Date: 15 May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
UBC Author(s): Connor Kerns (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00219630
Volume: 63
Page Range: 553-562
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Canadian Review of Sociology
UBC Author(s): David Tindall (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 17556171
Volume: 59
Page Range: 271-288
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Canadian Review of Sociology
UBC Author(s): Tony Silva (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 17556171
Volume: 59
Page Range: 156-180
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Population, Space and Place
UBC Author(s): Yue Qian (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 15448444
Volume: 28
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Neurobiology of Stress
UBC Author(s): Liisa Ann Margaret Galea (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 18
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Canadian Review of Sociology
UBC Author(s): Qiang Fu (Sociology / Faculty of Arts), David Tindall (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 17556171
Volume: 59
Page Range: 200-206
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Games and Economic Behavior
UBC Author(s): Shunya Noda (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 08998256
Volume: 133
Page Range: 115-125
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Forest Ecology and Management
UBC Author(s): Naomi Beth Schwartz (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03781127
Volume: 511
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Global Change Biology
UBC Author(s): Naomi Beth Schwartz (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13541013
Volume: 28
Page Range: 3110-3144
Publication Date: May 2022

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Publication: Pacific Historical Review
UBC Author(s): Benjamin Bryce (History / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00308684
Volume: 91
Page Range: 190-219
Publication Date: 1 May 2022

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Publication: Journal of Pragmatics
UBC Author(s): Lisa Matthewson (Linguistics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03782166
Volume: 193
Page Range: 173-188
Publication Date: May 2022

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2021 In our changing climate, floods and landslides are likely to be more frequent in mountainous regions. Dr. Leenman studied how such changes could influence the steep streams on alluvial fans, which are depositional landforms in these areas. Her work shows how the frequency and magnitude of natural hazards on fans may respond to climate change. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2021 Dr. Yu examined what people would predict when jointly seeing two predictive cues. He found that people made conjunctive predictions that represented the overlap of the outcomes predicted by the cues. The results contribute to the understanding of human predictions and are helpful to those who design signage and labelling for the general public. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Franzen's dissertation added to our conceptual understanding of systemic violence. Asking how Nazi Germany's juridical genocide practically and paradoxically worked, her research showed how aspects of a subjectively civilized and heroic norm/self-education, systemic embraces of subversive acts and some prisoner's survival identity formed part of its functioning. Doctor of Philosophy in Germanic Studies (PhD)
2021 Dr. Rivard examined both how separatist political parties emerge and what makes them successful. He demonstrated that these parties have become increasingly successful in the contemporary era and pose a considerable problem for the management of state affairs. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
2021 Dr. Lou's work challenges the traditional view that simile is a literal metaphor. Instead, he argues that similes formulate figurative comparisons that metaphors cannot. His study contributes to cognitive linguistics, rhetoric, and multimodal studies by illustrating how the human mind is attuned to thinking and communicating in similative ways. Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
2021 Dr. Glazier's research examined how socially anxious individuals remember positive events. Her studies found a recall bias in social anxiety disorder and examined the role of post-event processing. This research can inform future attempts to help socially anxious individuals benefit from positive experiences. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ulehla's research concerns living songs from Slová¡cko, a rural region at the border of the Czech and Slovak Republics. Building upon familial musical lineages marked by rupture and continuity, she explores the life of song and its participation in an ethics of relation, enacted through emergent networks of human and more-than-human others. Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Wu studied the representation of time in modern Chinese literature. Her research showed how Chinese writers perceive the self at odds with its time, which becomes the driving force of literary creativity. Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
2021 Dr. Pierce investigated how sediment moves through river channels using analytical and numerical modeling. He developed new methodologies to predict the movements of individual particles and overall sediment transport rates. This work informs numerous engineering, ecological restoration, and contaminant mitigation projects involving river channels. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2021 Inuit interactions with their homelands create unique ways of knowing that guide how people interact with the land and living beings. Dr. Greene examined how Inuit living along the western Hudson Bay coast have formed and passed on land-based knowledge and how people draw on lived experiences and expertise to contribute to governance in Nunavut. Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)

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