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 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

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.
 

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 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.

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
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
Baines, Donna School of Social Work Social work; Age-Friendly Cities; decent work and good care for older people in residential and home care; impact of neoliberalism on Indigenous social work education; impact of neoliberalism on non-Indigenous social work education
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
Barnes, Trevor Department of Geography Vancouver
Baron, Andrew Department of Psychology cognitive development, infancy, childhood, adolescence, racism, race, stereotypes, cooperation, bias, innateness, science education, multiculturalism, gender, ethnicity, neuromarketing, attitudes, preferences, psychology
Bartha, Paul Department of Philosophy Philosophy of sciences and technologies; Environmental philosophy; philosophy of science; Philosophy of Probability; Confirmation; Decision Theory
Bates, Genevieve Department of Political Science Transitional justice; International and domestic politics of accountability for human rights violations; Conflict, security, and peacekeeping; Democratic theory and practice; International organizations, law, and norms; Non-state actors in international relations
Baum, Bruce Department of Political Science Political Culture, Society and Ideology; critical social theory; feminist theory; critical hermeneutics; issues of cross-cultural interpretation; American political thought and cultural politics; political theories of Mill and Marx; philosophy of political inquiry; liberal and democratic theory
Baylis, Patrick Vancouver School of Economics Economics; Climate Changes and Impacts; Economic Planning of Energy; climate change economics; energy economics; environmental economics
Beasley-Murray, Jon Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies Latin American studies, social and political theory
Beatty, John Henry Department of Philosophy Socio-political dimensions of genetics and evolutionary biology
Beauchesne, Kim Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies Colonialism; Latin America; Trans-Pacific Studies; Globalization
Beaudry, Paul Vancouver School of Economics National and International macroeconomic issues, Business cycles, inflation, financial markets, the macro-economic effects of technological change and globalization, and the determinants of aggregate employment and wages
Bedke, Matthew Department of Philosophy Philosophy; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Foundations of Ethics; Social Organization and Political Systems; Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice; epistemology; ethics; metaethics; philosophy of law; political philosophy
Belcourt, Billy-Ray School of Creative Writing Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry
Berdahl, Jennifer Department of Sociology Ostracism, Harassment and Bullying, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Power and Status in Groups, Harassment, Work-Family Interface
Bergmann, Luke Department of Geography Social and economic geography; Geomatics; Globalization
Berryman, Sylvia Department of Philosophy Philosophy; Ancient Greek natural philosophy; Aristotle's ethics; ethics and global poverty; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies
Biesanz, Jeremy Department of Psychology personality, Personality, interpersonal perception, accuracy, personality coherence, quantitative methods
Birch, Susan Department of Psychology Social perspective taking, social learning, social cognition, imitation, nonverbal behavior, confidence, communication, decision-making, impression formation, child development My primary area of expertise is the study of children and adults’ social perspective taking abilities (i.e., their abilities to reason about other peoples’ mental states–their intentions, knowledge, and beliefs) and how their abilities to take another person’s perspective impacts how they form impressions of others, learn from others, communicate with others, and informs a range of socials. Of particular interest is a) how children make inferences about what is credible information to learn (e.g., how they decide whether someone is a credible source of information based on how confident that person seems) and b) how a widespread bias in perspective taking referred to as ‘the curse of knowledge bias’ (a difficulty reasoning about a more naive perspective as the result of being biased by one’s current knowledge) can impair communication (both written and in person) and decision-making across a range of fields (politics, law, education, economics, medicine, etc.)., Development of language, learning, and social understanding in infants and children
Blackburn, Carole Department of Anthropology relationship between Indigenous peoples and settler states; how Indigenous nations assert their rights and sovereignty in struggles over land and political recognition, and the consequences for Indigenous people of engaging states in legal and political arenas.
Bloch, Alexia Department of Anthropology Social sciences; migration; Gender; Eurasia; Russia; ethnography
Boccassini, Daniela Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies Italian Verbal and visual arts, mediterranean cultural exchanges

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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: American Economic Review
UBC Author(s): Samuel Norris (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00028282
Volume: 111
Page Range: 2926-2963
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Language and Speech
UBC Author(s): Marton Soskuthy (Linguistics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00238309
Volume: 64
Page Range: 625-653
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Global Environmental Change
UBC Author(s): Juanita Sundberg (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 09593780
Volume: 70
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Conflict Management and Peace Science
UBC Author(s): Xiaojun Li (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 07388942
Volume: 38
Page Range: 543-560
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Christiane Hoppmann (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 16629647
Volume: 34
Page Range: 125-135
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Research on Social Work Practice
UBC Author(s): Donna Baines (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10497315
Volume: 31
Page Range: 559-560
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Canadian Historical Review
UBC Author(s): Tina Merrill Loo (History / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00083755
Volume: 102
Page Range: 417-419
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Social Indicators Research
UBC Author(s): Lindsey Richardson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03038300
Volume: 157
Page Range: 501-521
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Journal of Environment and Development
UBC Author(s): Peter Dauvergne (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10704965
Volume: 30
Page Range: 240-264
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Behavior Therapy
UBC Author(s): Elisha Klonsky (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00057894
Volume: 52
Page Range: 1067-1079
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: International Studies Review
UBC Author(s): Katharina Pichler Coleman (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 15219488
Volume: 23
Page Range: 455-483
Publication Date: 1 September 2021

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Publication: SSM - Population Health
UBC Author(s): Gerry Veenstra (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 15
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
UBC Author(s): Amori Mikami (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01497634
Volume: 128
Page Range: 789-818
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Games and Economic Behavior
UBC Author(s): Hao Li (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 08998256
Volume: 129
Page Range: 449-475
Publication Date: September 2021

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Mauricio Drelichman (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00278424
Volume: 118
Publication Date: 17 August 2021

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Alan Forbes Kingstone (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00278424
Volume: 118
Publication Date: 10 August 2021

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Janet Werker (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00278424
Volume: 118
Publication Date: 10 August 2021

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Publication: BMJ Global Health
UBC Author(s): Veena Sriram (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: 5 August 2021

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Publication: Sustainability (Switzerland)
UBC Author(s): Simon Donner (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 13
Publication Date: 2 August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
UBC Author(s): Joelle LeMoult (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 07367236
Volume: 40
Page Range: 277-303
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Climatic Change
UBC Author(s): Candis Callison (School of Journalism, Writing and Media / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01650009
Volume: 167
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Metacognition and Learning
UBC Author(s): Darko Odic (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 15561623
Volume: 16
Page Range: 485-516
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
UBC Author(s): Eric Kim (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 07493797
Volume: 61
Page Range: e53-e61
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: NeuroImage
UBC Author(s): Todd Handy (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10538119
Volume: 236
Publication Date: 1 August 2021

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Publication: Current Opinion in Psychology
UBC Author(s): Ara Norenzayan (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 2352250X
Volume: 40
Page Range: 34-39
Publication Date: August 2021

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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 Dr. Child examined how modern US military interrogation systems work. Much more than an interpersonal encounter in a dark room, this research showed that US intelligence agencies frequently model interrogation similar to a vast bureaucratic machine that efficiently processes as many sources and as much information as possible. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2021 Dr. Jansen's research analyzes the absence of women's childbirth as a subject for medieval Christian art. Identifying the visual and textual mechanisms utilized to manipulate gender in the figuring of the Virgin and Christ demonstrates that the visual language of female procreation was displaced onto the male body of the crucified Christ. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)
2021 Dr. Baer investigated the development of our sensitivity to confidence, the subjective signal that tells us when we are right. She found that children's confidence combines multiple sources of information to create broadly-usable assessments of truth. Her work informs our understanding of the core cognitive properties of the mind and of learning. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Dwyer examined the lasting impact of the 3rd century BCE playwright Apollodorus of Carystus, whose work survives only in fragments and Latin adaptations. His dissertation reshapes our understanding of comic theatre from Hellenistic Greece and offers crucial insight into the afterlife of Apollodorus in Roman drama. Doctor of Philosophy in Classics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Enkhbaatar proposed a method that estimates household preference and hidden stock market participation costs from micro-panel data, and used it to analyze how the stock market collapse impacted household consumption. This research is useful for policymakers measuring the impact of financial crises and monetary policy on household consumption. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Wiebe studied whether China's economic growth can be explained by meritocratic promotion, where leaders with higher GDP growth are rewarded with promotion. Focusing on prefecture leaders, he found no evidence for meritocracy, and found that the evidence from the literature is not robust. This research improves our understanding of modern China. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Dodd studied American poets theater. Using archival research and theory, her work argues that poets theater has been used as a tool for both building and preserving community through reperformance. These findings broaden our understanding of the intersection of poetry and performance and lends new insight into several important poetic movements. Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
2021 Dr. Longstaffe studied the history (1960s-1980s) of marginalized women in Downtown Eastside Vancouver. She offers a new view of gendered and racialized poverty, homelessness, and violence, and the efforts of diverse women to resolve these issues. Her work shows that marginalized women were the most effective at finding solutions to their problems. Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
2021 Dr. Bragg explored the lifeworlds of Syrian refugee families living in a mini-enclave in Canada. She explored the work that refugee mothers do to support their families in Canada, and the profound challenges they face and overcome. Her work argues that refugee stories should be the foundation on which policy decisions about refugees are made. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2021 Dr. Tam studied how the costs of lying, either derived from physiological and moral barriers or fear of being caught lying, affect people's behavior. This research assists policy makers in implementing effective self-reporting mechanisms. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)

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