Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
Do the ends justify the memes? Exploring the relationship between youth, internet memes, and digital citizenship
Arts has more than 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.
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 81 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 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Faculty of Arts received $34.6 million through over 900 research projects. 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|
|Kam, Christopher||Department of Political Science||Nature and evolution of parliamentary democracy, historical development of institutions|
|Kamat, Vinay Ramnath||Department of Anthropology||Anthropology; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Dispossession; East Africa; ethnography; Extractive Industry; Global Health; India; Malaria; marine conservation; Medical Anthropology; Outsourcing of Clinical Trials; political ecology; Tanzania|
|Kandlikar, Milind||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||Climate change impacts and adaptation; Product life cycle; Environmental policy; Research, science and technology policy; Environmental impacts; Air Quality and Climate Change; Technological Risk; Technology and Development|
|Karimi, Aryan||Department of Sociology||Sociology; migration and refugee flows; role of ethnic and racial boundaries in assimilation practices; lived experiences of racialized refugee and diasporic communities|
|Karwowska, Bozena||Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies||Sexuality, Body and Gender in Nazi Concentration Camps|
|Kasahara, Hiroyuki||Vancouver School of Economics||Econometrics and international trade|
|Kemple, Thomas||Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies||Social and cultural theory, history of social sciences, literary and interpretive methods, aesthetic sociology, visual representation of concepts and arguments|
|Kennedy, Emily||Department of Sociology||Sociology; Environment and Society; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Gender; social class; Sustainable consumption|
|Kerns, Connor||Department of Psychology||assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD); childhood anxiety and stress-related disorders; trauma-related disorders; Autism; Anxiety; Comorbidity|
|Khanna, Tarun||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||Economics; Renewable energy systems (except smart systems engineering); Environmental policy; energy economics; Evidence synthesis; policy evaluation; electricity markets; energy in development; decarbonization of the energy sector|
|Kia, Hannah||School of Social Work||LGBTQ2S+ health; LGBTQ2S+ aging; social work and other professional practice with sexual and gender minorities; effective social work practice with trans and gender diverse people; poverty, sexual and mental health issues among diverse LGBTQ2S+ populations|
|Kim, Christine||Department of English Language and Literatures||English language; Asian North American literature and theory; Canadian Literature; Cultural Studies; Diaspora Studies|
|Kim, Eric||Department of Psychology||Health psychology; Psychosocial, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of health; Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); psychological well-being; Purpose in life / Meaning in life; resilience; Optimism / Hope; Health Psychology; Social Epidemiology; Aging|
|King, Ross||Department of Asian Studies||Historical linguistics, diachronics, and dialectology; Korean philology; history of Korean literary culture; Korean historical linguistics; Korean dialectology; history of the Sinographic Cosmopolis|
|Kingstone, Alan||Department of Psychology||Cognitive sciences|
|Klein, Peter||School of Journalism, Writing, and Media||Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.); Video and New Media; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Large International Projects; Media and Democratization; Global Journalism; Innovation in Journalism; Documentary Production; Investigative Reporting|
|Klein, Naomi||Department of Geography||crisis and political transformation, large-scale shocks as catalysts and accelerators for broad-based social change|
|Klonsky, Elisha||Department of Psychology||Clinical psychology; Suicide (theory, motivations, transition from suicidal thoughts to attempts); emotion; personality.|
|Kojevnikov, Alexei||Department of History||Modern history of science, especially physics, science, society,and culture, Russia and Soviet History, Nuclear History and the Cold War|
|Koncan, Frances||School of Creative Writing|
|Koppes, Michele||Department of Geography||climate change, glaciers, natural hazards, landscape change, polar regions, ice-ocean interactions|
|Kramer, Jennifer||Department of Anthropology||Visual culture and art of the First Nations|
|Kunz, Nadja||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering||Mining engineering; Public administration; Public policy; Public security policy; Decision Analysis; Environmental engineering; Hydrology; Risk management; Systems engineering; water resources management|
|Kuus, Merje||Department of Geography||transnational regulatory practices in contemporary Europe, but the empirical focus undergirds a broader interest in knowledge and power, structure and agency, in bureaucratic and policy-making settings; political identity, subject-formation, and center-periphery relations, especially in contemporary Europe|
|Kwakkel, Erik||School of Information||Archival, repository and related studies; Library science and information studies; Codicology; History of Libraries; History of the Book; Medieval Manuscripts; Paleography; History of Reading|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Arts.
|2022||Dr. Khatami examined the role that exiles play in shaping politics and history. Comparing cases from North America to the Middle East, his study demonstrates how the excluded use artistic means to reconstitute the societies they live in. This research offers a new perspective on democratic thinking and the role of art in political life.||Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Haddock's research advances our understanding of the nature of the relationships between children's theory of mind and social-emotional functioning by providing a comprehensive account of these relationships, and highlighting that complex mental state understanding is of particular importance to children's social-emotional wellbeing.||Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Ortiz examines the role of the magazines in the early twentieth-century intellectual and cultural fields of the Andes. He analyzes how magazines become a dispositif that operates in-between the aesthetic and political ideologies discussed and disputed in the interplay of avant-garde movements, political revolutions, and social transformations.||Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Topp explored the intersections between virtual reality technology and music composition and performance. His research resulted in the development of Virtual Reality - Open Sound Control, an open platform for networking virtual reality interactions with modern music creation tools.||Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (DMA)|
|2022||Dr. Alonzo studied the interactions between geographic mobility and marriage markets. He showed that marriage increases the concentration of workers in high-productivity areas by affecting their migration patterns. His research highlights the role of families in shaping the geography of economic activity.||Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Robb investigated the impacts of decarbonization on Canada's physical and cultural landscapes. His research developed new place-based methods to visualize, design, and evaluate potential pathways toward Canada's post-carbon future.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Johnson's research examined the political economy of the American blood plasma industry. Following the history of this economy from plantation prisons in the US south to the opening of new plasma centers in the contemporary suburbs, her work reveals how relations of race and inequality shape this increasingly significant economy.||Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Bhardwaj studied how a cosmopolitan community of progressive South Asian Canadian labour cultural activists contested cultural hegemony in British Columbia in the 1980s. He records and reinterprets a unique phase of intercommunity cultural solidarity that succeeded in producing a forceful critique against gender inequality.||Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Johnson developed a new bilingual speech data set and demonstrated a high degree of similarity in voice and sound categories for Cantonese and English. Her research offers insight into the nature of bilingual speech and furthers our understanding of how language interacts with the mind.||Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)|
|2022||Dr. Roes studied the brain networks measurable through fMRI. Using a new analysis method, Spatiotemporal fMRI-CPCA, she showed that resting state networks did not adequately account for task-based activity. She argues that task-based networks provide unique information about brain-cognition relations not available from resting state data alone.||Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)|
Nov 14, 2023 The University of British Columbia’s School of Information, one of the world’s leading iSchools, invites applications for a Visiting Professor with a specialization in Archival Studies. Applications are invited from archival scholars in all areas of specialisation, including but not...
November 15, 2023 UBC’s campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples and of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-...
November 8, 2023 The Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, at the University of British Columbia, is seeking applications for a tenure-track appointment in Early Christianity at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective July 1st, 2024. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. (or...
November 8, 2023 The Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies, at the University of British Columbia, is seeking applications for a tenure-track appointment in Latin Literature (with the ability to supervise topics in Latin verse) at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective...
November 3, 2023 Critical Social Work Practice (Associate Professor, tenure-stream) The School of Social Work (UBC-Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position at the rank of Associate Professor, beginning July 1, 2024. Applicants are required to have a PhD in either...
UBC’s campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples and of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations....