Doctor of Philosophy in Classics (PhD)
Roman Provincial Archaeology
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.
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.
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.
|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|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Arts.
|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)|
September 1, 2021 The School of Social Work (UBC-Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2022. Applicants are normally required to have a degree in Social Work and a PhD in either Social Work or related disciplines...
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Land-based and Relational Dramaturgies in Theatre August 31, 2021 The Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications from existing faculty members within UBC at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate...
August 19, 2021 Term appointments for Adjunct Professors and Sessional Lecturers UBC School of Information invites applications for a number of part-time Adjunct Professor and Sessional Lecturer teaching positions for the academic year 2022-23. Adjunct Professors and Sessional Lecturers are...
August 17, 2021 The Department of Asian Studies, at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus seeks to make a full-time appointment in the field of Arabic Language and Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching, tenure-track, with responsibility for teaching courses and...