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|
|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||logic; probability; analogical reasoning, Philosophy of science, decision theory|
|Baum, Bruce||Department of Political Science||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||environmental economics, climate change economics, energy 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||Colonial Latin American literature and culture, Postcolonial theory, Comparative literature, Notions of hybridity and multiculturalism, Translation Studies, Trans-Atlantic/Trans-Pacific Studies, Politics of utopia in Latin America, Legacy of colonialism in Latin American contemporary literature, Literature and human rights|
|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||metaethics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, epistemology|
|Berryman, Sylvia||Department of Philosophy||Ancient Greek natural philosophy, Aristotle's ethics, ethics and global poverty|
|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.|
|Blake, Thomas Michael||Department of Anthropology||Archaeological research, origins and spread of maize agriculture in the Americas, exploration of Coast Salish identities as expressed in house structures and village settlement layouts extending from about 3000 years ago|
|Bloch, Alexia||Department of Anthropology||Migration and Transnationalism, Anthropology of Gender, Statelessness, Ethnographic Methods and Writing, Socialist Cultures and Projects of Modernity, Eurasia, Peoples of Siberia|
|Boccassini, Daniela||Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies||Italian Verbal and visual arts, mediterranean cultural exchanges|
|Bombardini, Matilde||Vancouver School of Economics||Lobbying, political economy, international trade, International Trade and Political Economy, link between skill distribution and comparative advantage, the lobbying decision of firms and the behavior of lobbyists|
|Booker, Courtney||Department of History||Early medieval europe, histiography, rhetoric, narrative, hermeneutics, literary and textual critcism, latin philology, codicology, transmission of texts, and intertextuality, drama and performativity, politcal theology and l'augustinisme politique, medievalism|
|Bowers, Katherine||Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies||Russian literature, Russian culture, literary culture, genre, narrative, imagined geography, digital media, Dostoevsky, gothic literature|
|Brain, Robert||Department of History||History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History|
|Bratiotis, Christiana||School of Social Work|
|Briggs, Marlene||Department of English||war and conflict; cultural transmission and reception of the First World War (1914-1918) in modern and contemporary British literature|
|Brinton, Laurel||Department of English||Modern English Grammar, History of the English Language, English Usage, English Dictionaries, Pragmatics of English, Discourse Markers, Language Change, Computers and Language Study, History of English|
|Bronfman, Alejandra||Department of History||20th century Carribean and Latin America, imperial and transnational history, violence and the production of knowledge, histories of race, broadcasting, wireless, sound, listening and politics|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Reinventing Buddhism : conversations and encounters in modern India, 1839 - 1956 (Asian Studies - PHD)
George does not exist : strategic silencing and methodical colonialism (Anthropology - MA)
"We are trans women" : on-street sex work and transgender politics in Mexico City (Anthropology - PHD)
The road of the lost (Children's Literature - MA)
Essays on credit booms and rational bubbles (Economics - PHD)
Prospective aspect in Tlingit (Linguistics - MA)
Empowerment power : NGOs and feminisms in Dar es Salaam (Anthropology - MA)
Essays on sorting with financial securities (Economics - PHD)
Reading risk : credit rating and the politics of municipal debt (Geography - MA)
Isle of Knots, a novel : religion in Isle of Knots and related fantasy fiction for youth, an exegesis (Children's Literature - MA)
Essays in industrial organization (Economics - PHD)
Tracing colonial animal trade and husbandry using stable isotope analyses (Anthropology - PHD)
The Arthur of the March of Wales (English - PHD)
Could we use rising sea water to flood desert regions?
CBC Fri December 8 2017 Michelle Koppes, a UBC geography professor, was featured on a CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks segment about the idea of using sea water to flood deserts as a way to deal with climate change. Koppes said the idea is interesting but unrealistic.
An avalanche of money
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Global Mon December 4 2017 By: Erica Alini Global interviewed Kevin Milligan, a UBC professor of economics, for a story about the tax reform bill in the United States. Milligan explained how one provision in the bill could cause a short-term investment spike but starve the economy of...
Tylenol may help ease the pain of hurt feelings
NPR Mon December 4 2017 By: Allison Aubrey NPR interviewed Todd Handy, a UBC psychology professor, about the impact of Tylenol on hurt feelings. “Through reducing our attention to the outside world, acetaminophen appears to nudge us into a more psychologically insulated state,” he said...
Now is the time for a strong Canada-China energy partnership
Globe and Mail Mon December 4 2017 By: Robert Johnston and Wenran Jiang The Globe and Mail published an op-ed co-written by Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, school of public policy and global affairs at UBC. Jiang and Robert Johnston, the CEO of Eurasia...
Linguistics (Postdoctoral position)
The Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Syntax-Pragmatics interface, to commence no later than July 1, 2018. The position may be renewed for up to two years subject to budgetary approval and...