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|
|Claxton, Dana||Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory||film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art|
|Coleman, Katharina Pichler||Department of Political Science||International organizations, international relations, international security/peace operations, interntional rules, noms and legitimacy, sun-Saharan Africa|
|Cooper, Elisabeth||Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies||Archaeology of greater Mesopotamia|
|Copeland, Brian||Vancouver School of Economics||International trade, environmental economics, interaction between globalization, the environment, and the sustainability of renewable resources|
|Corrigall-Brown, Catherine||Department of Sociology||social movements, political sociology, social psychology, identity|
|Coulthard, Lisa||Department of Theatre & Film||film theory and violence; film sound and violence, contemporary American and European cinemas, continental philosophy and Lacanian theory|
|Coulthard, Glen||Department of Political Science||First Nations politics – national; political theory|
|Cousland, Robert||Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies||classical Greek mythology, Jewish-Hellenistic litereature, Greek mythology and religion, religion and comporary music, film and literature|
|Creese, Gillian||Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice||Women topics, Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class, Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada, Gender, racialization, work and trade unions|
|Creighton, Millie||Department of Anthropology||Japan, Japanese descent communities (Nikkei or Nikkeijin), Korea, Inter-Asian Relations, Identity, Consumerism, Popular and Mass Culture, Gender, Minorities, Work and Leisure|
|Cruz, Cesi||Institute of Asian Research, Department of Political Science||political economy, focusing on the interplay between electoral incentives and development outcomes in consolidating democracies. Her research uses quantitative and qualitative methods, social network analysis, surveys, and field experiments|
|Curat, Herve||Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies||Grammatical semantics of modern French, linguistic analysis of texts, structural analysis, , La Fontaine, Levi-Strauss, native mythology|
|Currie, Dawn Heather||Department of Sociology||Adolescent femininity|
|Daigle, Michelle||Department of Geography|
|Dalziel, Pamela||Department of English||Victorian-literature, Victorian-culture, visual-representation, illustration, gender-studies, religion, interdisciplinary-studies, textual-criticism, scholarly-editing, Thomas-Hardy, Charles-Dickens, George-Eliot|
|Dancygier, Barbara||Department of English||Linguistics, grammar|
|Dauvergne, Peter||Department of Political Science||Refugee law, Immigration law, citizenship law, Global governance and emerging powers, environmental politics, asian|
|Davis, Henry Thomas||Department of Linguistics||First Nations languages|
|Davis, Wade||Department of Anthropology||Latin America, passionate defender of all of life|
|De Angelis, Franco||Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies||Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature|
|De Grandis, Filomena||Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies||Spanish American modern and contemporary literature, cultural studies, Latin American Leftist Utopias, Genre of the Essay|
|De Longis, Anita||Department of Psychology||Health psychology, stress, coping, social support, couples, marriage, families, chronic illness|
|De Villiers, Jessica||Department of English||Linguistics|
|Dechaine, Rose-Marie||Department of Linguistics||Native American languages; Algonquian language family, Cree, Blackfoot, Ojibwe; French / English bilingualism policy; formal linguistics; generative grammar (Chomsky); West African languages (Niger-Congo, Yoruba, Igbo, Edo); Nigerian languages; literacy vs. oralcy; language planning re: French, Indigenous languages, Speech/gesture coordination, syntactic interface relations|
|Deer, Glenn||Department of English||discourse studies, the rhetoric of power in narrative fiction, and postmodernism and Canadian Literature|
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)
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