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.
Schools / Departments
- Art History, Visual Art and Theory (formerly Fine Arts)
- Asian Studies
- Belkin Art Gallery (Morris & Helen)
- Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
- Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
- French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
- Museum of Anthropology
- Political Science
- Theatre and Film
Graduate Degree Programs
Research 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
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Where is the Indigenous law in state based transitional justice processes? (Political Science - MA)
Earth, air, fire, and water in Beowulf (English - MA)
Focus in Ktunaxa : word order and prosody (Linguistics - MA)
Game on: medieval players and their texts (English - PHD)
Violencia y destrucción ecológica en tres recientes narrativas gráficas colombianas (Hispanic Studies - MA)
Trending health narratives : the Zika virus outbreak 2015-16 in Brazil (Journalism - MJ)
Against the coup : Mídia NINJA and the fight for democracy in Brazil (Journalism - MJ)
An examination of literary and structural aspects of Shaun Tan’s picturebooks and their conveyance of social issues (Children's Literature - MA)
Reception of "Journey to the West" in early modern Japan (Asian Studies - MA)
Legacies of violence : Sikh women in Delhi's "Widow Colony" (Anthropology - PHD)
Gitxaała sovereignty : indigenous governance and industrial development (Anthropology - MA)
Love and Information : director as co-creator (Theatre - MFA)
Arts One Program – Sessional teaching 2017/18
The Arts One Program is pleased to advertise one sessional position for a four-member teaching team for the 8 instructional months (September 2017 to April 2018) of the upcoming academic session. Arts One is an interdisciplinary program which offers students 18 credits towards the normal first-year...
Expelled by Beijing
Toronto Star Fri May 12 2017 By: Sophie Woodrooffe, Peggy Lam, Yuan Yuan and Huang Kunyuan The Toronto Star published a story co-produced by students and faculty at the UBC school of journalism. The project on children being shut out from Beijing public schools is a collaboration between...
‘Cantosphere:’ Sense of responsibility, identity under siege
SCMP Fri May 19 2017 By: Ian Young UBC formally launched the Hong Kong Studies Initiative last month, South China Morning Post reported. The initiative is led by Leo Shin, a professor in UBC’s department of Asian studies, and involves elements of teaching, research, and community...
Can psychology influence the way we recycle?
CNN Thu May 18 2017 By: Jacopo Prisco CNN cited a UBC psychology study that examined how money influenced recycling behaviour. Ashley Whillans, the study’s lead author, said putting a price tag on time leaves individuals to focus on their own needs instead of others, including the...
Call to Muslim boys and men to fight violence against women
Now Magazine Wed May 17 2017 By: Steven Zhou Now Magazine reported on a UBC research paper that challenges stereotypes of domestic violence among Muslims. Ayesha Chaudhry, a professor of Islamic studies and gender studies, and Rumee Ahmed, a professor of Islamic law, wrote that a more...
Bad policy has played a role in Canada’s housing crisis
Globe and Mail Wed May 17 2017 By: Kevin Bryan, Joshua Gottlieb, and Joseph Steinberg Joshua Gottlieb, a professor in the Vancouver School of Economic co-wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail about the role of policy in Canada’s housing crisis. Gottlieb, Kevin Bryan from the Rotman...