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|
|Dempsey, Jessica||Department of Geography||wrestle with the theoretical and historical-geographical complexities of environmental politics as it shapes and is shaped by the entanglement of state, economy, science, and culture|
|Devereux, Michael||Vancouver School of Economics||Economics, Macro and Monetary Economics Economic Policy, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Deficits, Exchange Rates, Capital Flows, Financial Crises, International, monetary|
|Dick, Alexander||Department of English||British Romanticism, Scottish Enlightenment, Literature and Economics, Literature and the Environment, Literature and Science, Scottish Literature|
|Dierkes, Julian||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||public policy, digital diplomacy, policy communication, contemporary Japan, contemporary Mongolia, Japanese education, supplementary education, mining policy, democratization|
|Dixon, Joy||Department of History||History of gender, sexuality, and the body, history of religion, history of the social and human sciences, history of empire|
|Dodson, David||School of Music||Chromatic harmony, voice leading, musical forms, music theory|
|Dollinger, Stefan||Department of English||English language, World Englishes, Canadian English, dialectology, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, historical linguistics, lexicography, lexicology, dictionaries, Oxford English Dictionary, World English, language variation and change, orthography, Canada, North America, English, American English, sociolinguistics, society and language, dialects, identity, history of English, English as a Lingua Franca, German language, Austrian German, German German.|
|Donner, Simon||Department of Geography||Climate change science, Climate policy, Science communication, Coastal Ecosystems|
|Douglas, Jennifer||iSchool@UBC: School of Library, Archival and Information Studies||Personal archives; Writers’ archives; Archival arrangement and description; History and evolution of archival theory; Online communities and archives; Archival representation|
|Drelichman, Mauricio||Vancouver School of Economics||Economic history, Spain, Argentina|
|Ducharme, Michel||Department of History||Canadian History before Confederation, Quebec History, Liberalism and Nationalism in Canada and Quebec, Canada and the Atlantic World|
|Dunn, Elizabeth||Department of Psychology||Happiness, money and spending decisions, self-knowledge|
|Duranti, Luciana||iSchool@UBC: School of Library, Archival and Information Studies||Personal archives, Writers' archives, Archival arrangement and description, History and evolution of archival theory, Online communities and archives, Archival representation|
|Earle, Bo||Department of English||British Romanticism, Critical Theory, Philosophy and Literature|
|Eaton, Brett||Department of Geography||Rivers and climate change, fish habitat, disturbances|
|Echard, Sian||Department of English||History of the book, Medieval literature, Arthurian literature, Anglo-Latin literature, Manuscript studies|
|Eich, Eric||Department of Psychology||Mood congruence and mood dependence in learning and remembering, memory impairments associated with bipolar affective illness, the cognitive correlates of dissociative identity disorder, and subjective, behavioral, and neural differences between field (first-person perspective) and observer (third-person perspective) memories|
|Ellermann, Antje||Department of Political Science||Migration and Citizenship, Comparative Public Policy|
|Elliott, Sinikka||Department of Sociology||Family, Inequality, Gender, Sexuality, Qualitative Research Methods, Intersectionality, Social Policy|
|Enns, James||Department of Psychology||attention, action kinematics, social perception|
|Eswaran, Mukesh||Vancouver School of Economics||Economic development and the economics of gender, economics of religion|
|Evans, Heidi||Department of History||history of media and communications , international relations, international organizations, Germany, Europe|
|Evans, Paul||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Liu Institute for Global Issues||Asia, international affairs, political issues, security issues|
|Evenden, Matthew Dominic||Department of Geography||Environmental history and water history, with a regional specialization in Canada, particularly Alberta and British Columbia|
|Farinha Luz, Vitor||Vancouver School of Economics||Microeconomic Theory,|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Reinventing Buddhism : conversations and encounters in modern India, 1839 - 1956 (Asian Studies - PHD)
Evolving federalism : intergovernmental relations and multilevel governance in Canada (Political Science - MA)
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)
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