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
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||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, Kristin Siwan||Vancouver School of Economics||Micro-level institutions, role of gender, studies of rural governments|
|Anderson, Scott Allen||Department of Philosophy|
|Anderson, Leonard||School of Music|
|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
Whither Leviathan : Canadian federalism and Alberta (Political Science - MA)
Visual feedback during speech production (Linguistics - PHD)
(Re)animating history : animated documentaries in contemporary Hispanic cinema (Hispanic Studies - MA)
Cosmopolitanism at war : a study of Xu Xu's drama scripts, 1939-1944 (Asian Studies - MA)
The mating/parenting trade-off : evidence and implications (Psychology - PHD)
Time in mind : the cognitive science of temporal representation (Philosophy - PHD)
Entendre avec les yeux : étude sur la bande dessinée (French - MA)
Every last bit of you (Children's Literature - MA)
Three essays in applied economics (Economics - PHD)
Feeling out the role of feelings in infant socio-moral evaluations (Psychology - MA)
Growing ideology : urban agriculture in Vancouver and Detroit (Geography - MA)
Can we talk? : examining willingness and facilitating deliberative capital (Political Science - PHD)
Quantifiers in Kwak'wala : [errata] (Linguistics - MA)
Pipeline politics: What’s next for B.C.?
Vancouver Sun Thu January 12 2017 By: Peter O’Neil The Vancouver Sun interviewed Richard Johnston, a political scientist at UBC, and George Hoberg, a professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. Johnston said Prime Minister...
The man she loves is a financial train wreck
Globe and Mail Fri January 13 2017 By: Rob Carrick The Globe and Mail cited research by Marina Adshade, a UBC economist, for a column on the role financial compatibility plays in a relationship. Adshade said people bring many personal elements in a relationship, from attractiveness to ...
Psychology / Vantage College [Instructor, tenure-track]
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Top 4 reasons professionals help students and postdocs
Inside Higher Education Mon January 9 2017 By: Thomas Magaldi Inside Higher Education cited a UBC study about helping others in an article about the reasons students should ask for help from professionals in their network. Psychology researchers at UBC and Harvard University found that...
New Year’s resolution should be make more friends
Vancouver Magazine Fri January 6 2017 By: Stacey McLachlan Vancouver Magazine featured an interview with Amori Yee Mikami, a UBC psychology professor, about the benefits of increased human interaction. She said research shows that even casual relationships can positively influence our...
Why reunified Ireland offers best outcome for North’s future
Irish Times Wed December 28 2016 By: Kevin Meagher A study on Irish reunification by Kurt Hübner, the director of the Institute for European Studies at UBC, was featured in the Irish Times. Hübner found that “borders matter” and that the economies of both jurisdictions are interdependent...