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|
|Brook, Timothy||Department of History, Institute of Asian Research||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|
|Bullard, Julia||UBC iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)||Information Systems, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), classification systems, metadata, values-in-design|
|Burgess, Miranda||Department of English||Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, British and Irish Romanticism, riparian and oceanic studies, poetics, history of media and mediation, history of feeling (affect, emotion, sensation), history of literary form|
|Burnett, Cathy||Department of Theatre & Film||Movement and dance|
|Byers, Michael||Department of Political Science||International Law, International Cooperation, international relations, international law, oceans, arctic, space, war|
|Byrne, Jeffrey||Department of History||International history; Empires, decolonisation, & postcolonial history; Africa; Middle East; Revolution|
|Callison, Candis||UBC Graduate School of Journalism||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 Regimes (Democracy, Monarchy, Federalism, Parliamentarism, etc.), Social Organization and Political Systems, Comparative Politics, Latin America, Democratization|
|Carpiano, Richard||Department of Sociology||Community, neighbourhoods, cities, social networks, social connections, social relationships, social ties, social life, health inequalities, population health, socioeconomic determinants of health, health, lifestyles, population, social research, social capital, social cohesion, demographics, public health., Health sociology, Social determinants of health, Population health, Social capital, Social networks, Neighborhoods and place-based communities, Measurement of community social contexts|
|Casas Aguilar, Anna||Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies|
|Castonguay-Belanger, Joel||Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies||The Enlightenment and the French Revolution, History of the book and print culture, Science and literature, Québec literature and culture|
|Cavell, Richard Anthony||Department of English||media studies, media theory|
|Chang Bortolussi, Dorothy||School of Music||Composition|
|Chapman, Mary Ann||Department of English||Arts and Cultural Traditions, Arts and Literary Policies, Arts and Technologies, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Social Determinants of Arts and Letters, Artistic and Literary Marginality, Artistic and Cultural Heritage, Artist or Author Social Identity, Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles, Artistic and Literary Theories, Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Literary or Artistic Works Analysis, Writing and Literary Experimentation, Poetry, Novel and Short Story, Essays, Gender Relationship, Audiences and Mass Media, Media and Democratization, Media and Society, Media Influence on Behavior, Civil and Social Responsibilities of Media, Stereotypes, Electoral System, Printing Art, Persuasion Strategies, Social Movements, Social Networks|
|Charles, Grant||School of Social Work||Psychosocial oncology, intellectual disabilities, family interventions and at risk youth|
|Chatman, Stephen||School of Music||Composition|
|Chaudhry, Ayesha||Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice||Islam, Muslims, religion, gender, human rights, family and children, discrimination, social justice|
|Cheek, Timothy||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||20th century Chinese history, the history of the Chinese communist party, the role of intellectuals in public life in China|
|Chen, Jinhua||Department of Asian Studies||East Asian state-church relationships, monastic (hagio/)biographical literature, Buddhist sacred sites, relic veneration, Buddhism and technological innovation in medieval China, and Buddhist translations|
|Chen, Frances||Department of Psychology||social behaviour, relationships, social support, stress, coping, conflict and negotiation, social neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology.|
|Chiu-Duke, Josephine||Department of Asian Studies||Chinese and Taiwanese history, political thought, human rights, democracy, intellectuals|
|Chowdhury, Arjun||Department of Political Science||Failed states, intervention, civil war, autocrats, revolution.|
|Christoff, Kalina||Department of Psychology||brain, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, prefronal cortex, fMRI, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, executive functions, problem solving, reasoning, thinking, mind-wandering, attention, consciousness, real-time fMRI, trauma and PTSD, Cognitive and neural basis of human thought, reasoning and problem solving|
|Christopoulos, John||Department of History|
|Clark, Luke||Department of Psychology||Gambling, Problem Gambling, Addiction, Decision-Making, Reward, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms involved in gambling behaviour and disordered gambling|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
The perception of global motion in typical and atypical visual development (Psychology - PHD)
How perception constrains statistical learning across development (Linguistics - PHD)
The many faces of the unreliable narrator : an analysis and typology of young adult novels and their narrators (Children's Literature - MA)
Linguistic dating of biblical texts : proponents, challengers and Judges 5 (Religious Studies - MA)
The historical constitution of the obedient subject (Political Science - PHD)
White supremacy and patriarchal cisgenderism in US nation-building and resistance by transgender and non-binary people of colour (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - MA)
Ch’oe Han’gi and the philosophy of Ki : the problem of Korean philosophy (Asian Studies - MA)
Collections documentation : The art of Mrs. Gertie Tom (Anthropology - MA)
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