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, 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
Who leads? Who follows? Political representation and opinion formation (Political Science - PHD)
The political economy of marine conservation (Political Science - PHD)
Are Canadians more cosmopolitan than Americans? Evidence from study abroad programs (Political Science - MA)
Three essays in applied economics (Economics - PHD)
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)
Evironmental Sociology – (Assistant Professor)
The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018. The substantive area of specialization is environmental sociology. The...
Arts Studies in Research and Writing – (Sessional Lecturers, 2017W T1)
First-Year Programs in the Faculty of Arts, UBC Vancouver, invites applications for part-time sessional lectureships to cover various sections of WRDS 150: Research and Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences (3 credits) and one section of ASTU 101: Writing for Research in the Social...
Google Maps to display Indigenous lands in Canada
Motherboard Wed June 21 2017 By: Bryson Masse Motherboard reported that Google announced the addition of data reflecting band and reserve territory into Google Maps and Google Earth software. David Gaertner, a UBC professor and Indigenous new media expert, said “colonial understandings...
Aging well: UBC looking for senior study participants
Vancouver Courier Wed June 21 2017 By: Theresa Pauly and Christiane Hoppmann The Vancouver Courier published an op-ed co-written by Christiane Hoppmann, a UBC psychology professor, about a new study on aging. Hoppmann and her team aim to better understand how people can turn their good...
The Federal Reserve risks truncating a recovery with room to run
The Economist Thu June 22 2017 The Economist cited a 2015 paper co-authored by Henry Siu, a UBC economist, in a story about productivity growth. Siu and Nir Jaimovich of the University of Zurich found that America began suffering a rash of jobless recoveries since firms responded to...
Montreal-born author appointed chair of UBC’s creative writing program
Canadian Press Tue June 20 2017 Various media outlets reported that Alix Ohlin has been appointed the new chair of UBC’s creative writing program. Ohlin starts on Jan. 1 2018 and is the current Mordecai Richler writer-in-residence at McGill University. A Canadian Press story appeared in...