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
Bochnak, Ryan Department of Linguistics
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
Bouchard, Marie-Eve Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies Humanities and the arts; Sociolinguistics; Linguistic Anthropology; ethnography; language ideologies; Language and identity; migration; Language variation and change; Language contact; Creole languages
Bourges, Antoine Department of Theatre & Film Film Production
Bowers, Katherine Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies Sociology and social studies of science and technology; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Technologies; Arts and Literary Policies; Dostoevsky; genre; gothic fiction; imagined geography; literary culture; narrative; Russian culture; Russian literature; the novel
Brain, Robert Department of History History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History
Bratiotis, Christiana School of Social Work Social work; interventions in the context of hoarding; organizational processes involved in hoarding task forces; service utilization
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
Brook, Timothy Department of History Chinese history, global history, war crimes, Social and cultural history of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the japanese occupation of China during WW2, historical perspectives on world history and human rights
Brownlee, Kimberley Department of Philosophy Philosophy; Applied Ethics; Ethics and Fundamental Issues of Law and Justice; Ethics and Health; Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights; Social Aspects of Aging; Belonging; Civil Disobedience and Conscientious Objection; Loneliness; Philosophy of Punishment; Social Human Rights; Virtues and Vices
Bryce, Benjamin Department of History Historical studies; Argentina; Canada; Education; health; migration; Race and ethnicity; The Americas; Transnational history
Bullard, Julia School of Information Archival, repository and related studies; Library science and information studies; classification systems; Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); Information Systems; metadata; values-in-design
Burgess, Miranda Department of English English language; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; British and Irish Romanticism; history of feeling (affect, emotion, sensation); history of literary form; history of media and mediation; poetics; riparian and oceanic studies
Byers, Michael Department of Political Science Political science; international law; International Cooperation; Arctic; international relations; oceans; space; war
Byrne, Jeffrey Department of History International history; Empires, decolonisation, & postcolonial history; Africa; Middle East; Revolution
Callison, Candis School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies changes to media practices and platforms, journalism ethics, the role of social movements in public discourse, and understanding how issues related to science and technology become meaningful for diverse publics.
Cameron, Maxwell Department of Political Science Political science; Political Regimes (Democracy, Monarchy, Federalism, Parliamentarism, etc.); Social Organization and Political Systems; Comparative Politics; Democratization; Latin America; Practical wisdom
Caragata, Lea School of Social Work Social oppression and marginalization; Counselling, welfare and community services; Social policy; welfare systems; Poverty; labour markets; lone mothers; social policy; youth provisioning
Carrabre, T. Patrick School of Music Music; construction of identity; creation of shared musical spaces with indigenous and non-western musicians; decolonization; use of interactive electronics
Casas Aguilar, Anna Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Spanish Cultural Studies; Catalan Literature and Culture; Gender Studies; Masculinities; Feminisms; Self-writing; Hispanic Cinemas
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies French language; History of the book and print culture; Québec literature and culture; Science and literature; The Enlightenment and the French Revolution
Catungal, John Paul Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice queer of colour geographies, critical race and ethnic studies, diaspora and transnationalism, critical pedagogy, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and the lived geographies of sexual and racial minorities in educational spaces
Cavell, Richard Anthony Department of English English language; Media and Society; Media Influence on Behavior; Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.); media studies; media theory
Chang, Dorothy School of Music Composition

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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: Psychoneuroendocrinology
UBC Author(s): Liisa Ann Margaret Galea (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03064530
Volume: 130
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Global Change Biology
UBC Author(s): Simon Donner (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13541013
Volume: 27
Page Range: 3474-3486
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
UBC Author(s): Hotze Rullmann (Linguistics / Faculty of Arts), Lisa Matthewson (Linguistics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 0167806X
Volume: 39
Page Range: 709-758
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
UBC Author(s): Veena Sriram (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03616878
Volume: 46
Page Range: 641-652
Publication Date: 1 August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
UBC Author(s): Veena Sriram (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03616878
Volume: 46
Page Range: 703-730
Publication Date: 1 August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Adolescent Health
UBC Author(s): Elisha Klonsky (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 1054139X
Volume: 69
Page Range: 272-279
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Global Change Biology
UBC Author(s): Sara Knox (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13541013
Volume: 27
Page Range: 3582-3604
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Ecological Monographs
UBC Author(s): Naomi Beth Schwartz (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00129615
Volume: 91
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: American Political Science Review
UBC Author(s): Alan Michael Jacobs (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00030554
Volume: 115
Page Range: 1016-1033
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Water Resources Research
UBC Author(s): Marwan Hassan (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00431397
Volume: 57
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Global Environmental Politics
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 15263800
Volume: 21
Page Range: 124-146
Publication Date: 1 August 2021

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Publication: PLoS ONE
UBC Author(s): Simon Donner (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 16
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Aging and Health
UBC Author(s): Kimberly Huyser (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 08982643
Volume: 33
Page Range: 68S-81S
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Cognition
UBC Author(s): Janet Werker (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00100277
Volume: 213
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Preventive Medicine
UBC Author(s): Eric Kim (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00917435
Volume: 149
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Nature Human Behaviour
UBC Author(s): Kristin Siwan Anderson (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 5
Page Range: 1021-1026
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Geoforum
UBC Author(s): Karen Jessica Bakker (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00167185
Volume: 124
Page Range: 144-155
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Consciousness and Cognition
UBC Author(s): Kalina Christoff (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10538100
Volume: 93
Publication Date: August 2021

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Publication: Earth System Science Data
UBC Author(s): Sara Knox (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 18663508
Volume: 13
Page Range: 3607-3689
Publication Date: 29 July 2021

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Publication: Frontiers in Sociology
UBC Author(s): Yue Qian (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 6
Publication Date: 26 July 2021

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Publication: Frontiers in Psychology
UBC Author(s): Elisha Klonsky (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 12
Publication Date: 19 July 2021

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Publication: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
UBC Author(s): Camilla Speller (Anthropology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 09628452
Volume: 288
Publication Date: 14 July 2021

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Publication: Nature
UBC Author(s): Azim Shariff (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00280836
Volume: 595
Page Range: E29-E34
Publication Date: 8 July 2021

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Publication: Water Resources Research
UBC Author(s): Marwan Hassan (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00431397
Volume: 57
Publication Date: July 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 Since the early 2000s, private condominium developers have taken on new roles as builders of low-income housing in Canada. Dr. Hyde examined the causes and consequences of these policy arrangements in Toronto and Vancouver, concluding that current density agreements have led to trade-offs that do not meet public needs for affordable housing. Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
2021 Starting from the observation that working-class people are massively underrepresented in legislatures almost everywhere, Dr. Hemingway's research showed that the class backgrounds of politicians shape their attitudes and the policies they enact in office, particularly relating to inequality and economic issues. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
2021 Dr. Malette's work investigated how post-secondary environments impact undergraduate student mental health stigma, service use and the likelihood for experiencing mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Findings from this work highlighted the importance of examining social influences on student wellbeing.. Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Ebner examined the impacts of ongoing economic restructuring on development processes and experiences of workers in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2021 Dr. Toledo Orozco studied the expanding informal governance systems of small-scale and artisanal gold miners in the Andes. Through cross-country comparison of miners' capacity to avoid and revert different state regulatory strategies, she illuminated the collective power of informal groups and the politics of enforcement in developing nations. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
2021 Dr. Orihara examined the evolution of trust, cooperation, and altruism in early modern Japan. Documenting the transition from covenants with Japanese deities to more secular based contracts, her work tied the role of trust to debates of early modernity. Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
2021 Dr. Guntly demonstrated that paradoxical responses in discourse such as 'Yeah, that's wrong.' select different components in a speaker's utterance. Experimental results and natural examples show that paradoxical responses can target speaker beliefs or the question under discussion, in addition to the central claim of the utterance. Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Gutierrez Cubillos showed that intergenerational mobility of earnings in Chile is non-linear, with very high mobility for the bottom 80 percent and very high persistence for the top. He also developed methodologies to include corporate retained earnings in the measurement of income inequality and applied them to Canada and Chile. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2021 Dr. Brace proposed and developed novel methods for evaluating and quantifying systematic bias in psychometric questionnaires. These methods can be used ensure the validity of between-group and cross-cultural comparisons of psychometric survey scores. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Banta examined the geographies of returning Overseas Filipino Workers and the Philippines' migrant reintegration policy, which she argues is a strategy aimed to transform migrant workers into self-reliant entrepreneurs and investors. She illuminated the need for critical interventions in return migrant policymaking and grassroots organizing. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)

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