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
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; Publics; Performance and Theatrical Productions; Social Networks; American Literature; Asian American Literature; Asian Canadian Literature; Suffrage; Public Pedagogy of the Arts; Public Humanities
Charles, Grant School of Social Work Psychosocial oncology, intellectual disabilities, family interventions and at risk youth
Chaudhry, Ayesha 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, Department of History 20th century Chinese history, the history of the Chinese communist party, the role of intellectuals in public life in China
Chen, Frances Department of Psychology social behaviour, relationships, social support, stress, coping, conflict and negotiation, social neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology.
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
Cheong, Amanda Department of Sociology Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Stratification and inequality; links between legal status and the reproduction of inequality; undocumented migrants, stateless persons, and refugees; stateless children and immigration control regimes; use of documentation in the symbolic erasure and expulsion of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar; relationships between migration and legal status on health; relationship between undocumented experience and naturalization propensities
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Department of Asian Studies Asian history; History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses; Chinese and Taiwanese history; liberal democracy; political thought and institutions
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 Historical studies; Early modern Europe; History of pre-modern medicine; Social and cultural history of early modern Italy
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
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
Cookson, Tara School of Public Policy and Global Affairs Public policy; Power in development policy; Social protection; Care work
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 Sociology; social movements; identity; political sociology; social psychology
Coulthard, Glen Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science First Nations politics – national; political theory
Coulthard, Lisa Department of Theatre & Film film theory and violence; film sound and violence, contemporary American and European cinemas, continental philosophy and Lacanian 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
Couture, Victor Vancouver School of Economics Economics; Consequences of gentrification; Efficiency of urban transportation systems; Potential for e-commerce to reduce spatial inequality; Preferences for social interactions; Urban economics and transportation
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 Department of Political Science, Vancouver School of Economics 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


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: Environmental History
UBC Author(s): Matthew Evenden (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10845453
Volume: 26
Page Range: 508-532
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: Qualitative Health Research
UBC Author(s): Lindsey Richardson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10497323
Volume: 31
Page Range: 1504-1517
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Psychoneuroendocrinology
UBC Author(s): Liisa Ann Margaret Galea (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03064530
Volume: 129
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
UBC Author(s): Anne Martin-Matthews (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 15258610
Volume: 22
Page Range: 1484-1492.e3
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
UBC Author(s): Geraldine Pratt (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03091317
Volume: 45
Page Range: 585-596
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Psychological Science
UBC Author(s): Daniela Palombo (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 09567976
Volume: 32
Page Range: 1104-1114
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Gender, Work and Organization
UBC Author(s): Yue Qian (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 09686673
Volume: 28
Page Range: 535-553
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Journal of Peace Research
UBC Author(s): Katharina Pichler Coleman (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00223433
Volume: 58
Page Range: 671-686
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Ethics
UBC Author(s): Joseph Paul Russell (Philosophy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00141704
Volume: 131
Page Range: 754-776
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Foreign Policy Analysis
UBC Author(s): Gyung-Ho Jeong (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 17438586
Volume: 17
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
UBC Author(s): Sheila Woody (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 22113649
Volume: 30
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Geomorphology
UBC Author(s): Marwan Hassan (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 0169555X
Volume: 384
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: Perspectives on Psychological Science
UBC Author(s): Mark Schaller (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 17456916
Volume: 16
Page Range: 803-815
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: American Journal of Sociology
UBC Author(s): Laura Nelson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00029602
Volume: 127
Page Range: 1-59
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Dialogues in Human Geography
UBC Author(s): Gaston Gordillo (Anthropology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 20438206
Volume: 11
Page Range: 190-194
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Interactions
UBC Author(s): Lisa Nathan (School of Information / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10725520
Volume: 28
Page Range: 65-67
Publication Date: July-August 2021

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Publication: Journal of Adolescent Health
UBC Author(s): Yue Qian (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 1054139X
Volume: 69
Page Range: 26-32
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
UBC Author(s): Elisha Klonsky (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00219630
Volume: 62
Page Range: 834-841
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: European Journal of Anatomy
UBC Author(s): Patrick Pennefather (Theatre and Film / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 11364890
Volume: 25
Page Range: 515-522
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
UBC Author(s): Lynn Alden (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03400131
Volume: 94
Page Range: 867-875
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: American Antiquity
UBC Author(s): Andrew Martindale (Anthropology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00027316
Volume: 86
Page Range: 504-525
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
UBC Author(s): Friedrich Goetz (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00221031
Volume: 95
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
UBC Author(s): Ramana Mani (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01962892
Volume: 59
Page Range: 5417-5422
Publication Date: July 2021

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Publication: Environmental History
UBC Author(s): Matthew Evenden (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10845453
Volume: 26
Page Range: 643
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: Nature Sustainability
UBC Author(s): Navin Ramankutty (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 4
Page Range: 651-657
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 Dr. Kozik examined the relationship between exercise and cognition. His research found that performance on laboratory measures of cognition was predicted by the degree to which individuals were cognitively engaged during exercise. These results suggest that actively using one's mind during exercise may offer greater benefits than exercise alone. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2021 Dr. Dang studied how cultural factors influence sexuality among young Chinese and Euro-Caucasian women and men. His work showed that cultural and ethnic differences primarily impact sexual inhibition among men, and sexual excitation among women. His research will inform treatments for sexual difficulties in ethnically diverse populations. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Oluic dissertation focuses on the creation of an imagined European community in the nineteenth century as posited by four thinkers and essayists from Spain and Italy. His research elaborates a link between nineteenth century Europeanism and the present, exploring the relations that define national and supranational sovereignty. Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Murch investigated the psychology of slot machine gambling. He found behavioural and physiological markers of a highly-focused attentional state called immersion in play. These findings clarify the role of slot machine design in the development of gambling problems, providing new guidance for treatment professionals and gambling regulators. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Wells offers a corrective to the common historiography of the Korean language, which treats vernacularity as natural and literary vernacularization as foreordained. He shows that turn-of-the-20th c. shifts in Korean language practice were not inevitable, but driven by Korean nationalists, Western missionaries and Japanese imperial officials. Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Manson examined how Romani people living in France are being affected by state efforts to regulate their movement and place of residence. His analysis shows that larger debates about the place of the Roma in Europe are increasingly being played out spatially through localized battles over housing, mobility, and other basic rights. Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Peiris explored a drumming tradition in Sri Lanka, looking at how people have thought of it before, during, and after the encounter with European colonial rule. He used musical change as a lens to examine changing social contexts in South Asia, contributing to broader discussions about the reach and impact of ideas that cross national borders. Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Corbett examined the history of punctuality in modern Britain to better understand its development as a value. Tracing the use of the word punctuality, he found that the pressure to be 'on time' is rooted in moral valuations of debt, credit, and trust, which emerged in early eighteenth-century Britain. Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
2020 Dr. Villacreses proposes a conceptual approach to understand literary production from a writer's global creative project. He incorporates media studies, the analysis of works of fiction, critical interventions, and public image into the overall literary study of an author. He applied this method in Latin American writers from the late 20th century. Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD)
2020 As a feminist geographer, Dr. Collard explored the social, political, and legal dimensions of preimplantation genetic tests and the abnormal embryos to which they give rise. She found that the de-selection of these embryos in fertility clinics reflects deeply held assumptions about the bodies and lives we are supposed to want to have and reproduce. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)