Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Minor avant-garde poetry in North America
Arts has 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.
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 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.
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 76 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 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Faculty of Arts received $28.3 million through over 800 research grants. 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.
|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|
|Ahmed, Rumee||Department of Asian Studies||Islamic studies; Islam; Muslims; Religion; Law; Theology; ethics; Philosophy|
|Al-Kassim, Dina||Department of English, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice||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|
|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, Kristin Siwan||Vancouver School of Economics||Micro-level institutions, role of gender, studies of rural governments|
|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|
|Anger, Suzy||Department of English||Victorian Literature, Literature and Philosophy, Victorian Literature and Psychology, Victorian Literature and Science, Hermeneutics|
|Antwi, Phanuel||Department of English||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|
|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 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||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|
|Bain, Kimberly||Department of English|
|Baines, Erin||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||transitional justice; the politics of humanitarianism and forced displacement; and, the study of gender and armed conflict, with a regional focus on northern Uganda|
Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)
Hip-hop feminism, hip-hop studies, dirty south feminism and Black feminist methodology to explore the impact of southern Black womanhood and Black women’s sexual identities from southern hip-hop artists through dance and performance.
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Arts.
|2021||Dr. Pajot studied Edith Wharton's authorship through her magazine publications and their subsequent book revisions, and examined the literary strategies Wharton employed to navigate American literature in the early 20th century. These strategies allowed Wharton to cater to various audiences and to become a commercially-successful and serious author.||Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Milner studied the importance of education in 19th century Britain, showing the positive effects of publicly provided schools and of child labour legislation on the economic prospects of children. His work demonstrates that targeted public intervention can improve social mobility and insure against economic shocks.||Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Ghrear examined the curse of knowledge bias in children's estimates of what others know. She found that this bias is not specific to Western culture, but appears to be universal in humans. She found that younger children are more affected by the bias compared to older children, and identified contexts where the bias does not occur.||Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Zhang's research explained why the current method used in psychological research for handling missing data may distort the results regarding the fit of statistical models. She also developed two alternative methods that can correctly estimate the model fit. Her research contributes to the statistical methods used in psychological research.||Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Choi examined the works of modern and contemporary Korean diasporic artists and studied how they were intertwined with the dynamics of the global dispersion of Koreans. Her research accounted for the complexity of these works, and considered the issues that diasporic artists continue to address in the face of globalization and transnationalism.||Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Rocks traced Chinese involvement in transnational anarchist networks with anarchists in Europe and the Americas. He revealed that anarchism and anarchist practice offered sympathetic Chinese means to imagine and act to build worlds beyond the pathways of nation, state, colony, empire, and Marxist-Leninist or Fascist internationalism.||Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Acheson worked with the BC Centre for Disease Control to examine how climatic and land use changes affected a fungus called Cryptococcus gattii, which caused a deadly fungal outbreak on Vancouver Island in 1999. She discovered that deforestation events on the island were likely a major contributor to the outbreak.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Leesing's thesis examined how high-rises were portrayed in diverse media in Germany from 1945 to 2020. Her findings showed how the high-rise changed the definition of 'home' while also becoming a tool for cultural forgetting and institutional surveillance. This work stresses the importance of architecture and media in a time of cultural shifts.||Doctor of Philosophy in Germanic Studies (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Michalowski found that fluctuating emotions are linked with both concurrent and longitudinal health in older couples. Her findings illuminate everyday emotional dynamics that shape interconnected aging trajectories in spouses.||Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)|
|2021||Dr. Hopkins researched historical and structural interactions between politics and classical music. He proposed three foundational ways for classical pianists to integrate political speech and action into their studies and careers, and also commissioned two new piano compositions that each address current political issues.||Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano (DMA)|
July 25, 2021 The Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) invites applications for the President’s Academic Excellence Initiative (PAEI) tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in migration to begin July 1, 2022. As an area of inquiry related to some...
Jul 22, 2021 Assistant Professor (tenure track): History of the English Language The Department of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for an appointment in the field of the History of the English Language with a focus on World/...
Jul 22, 2021 Assistant Professor (tenure track): Rhetoric of Health and Medicine The Department of English Language and Literatures at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for an appointment in the field of The Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. The Department of...
July 20, 2021 Lecturer in Korean Language and Culture The University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Korean Language and Culture, for two years with a possible renewal/extension, commencing January 1, 2022. In accordance with the...
Vancouver School of Economics – University of British Columbia Position Type: Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in the Economics of Culture Deadline: 2021-08-17 Description: The Vancouver School of Economics in the Faculty of Arts at the UBC – Vancouver campus invites applications for a SSHRC Tier 1...
July 15, 2021 Climate Change and Human Migration (Assistant Professor) Following the UBC climate emergency declaration and the establishment of the Centre for Migration Studies, the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track...