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|
|Deer, Glenn||Department of English||discourse studies, the rhetoric of power in narrative fiction, and postmodernism and Canadian Literature|
|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||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts, Literature and SubjectivityBritish Romanticism, Scottish Enlightenment, Literature and Economics, Literature and the Environment, Literature and Science, Scottish Literature|
|Dierkes, Julian||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs||Role of Governments and Institutionspublic 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||Language Contact and Linguistic Changes, Linguistic Variation and Society, Lexicography and Dictionaries|
|Donner, Simon||Department of Geography||Climate Changes and Impacts, Prediction and Climatic Modeling, Marine EnvironmentClimate 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||Social Organization and Political Systems, Political IdeologiesCanadian 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||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts, Modes and Strategies of Dissemination, Poetry, Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.)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||Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Migratory Flows, Public Policies, Identity and Transnationality, Role of Governments and InstitutionsMigration 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||Cognition, Sensation and Perceptionattention, 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||Philosophy, History and Comparative Studieshistory 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|
Graduate Student Profiles
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Recent Thesis Submissions
Smartphone use undermines enjoyment of face-to-face social interactions (Psychology - MA)
A reverse curse of knowledge in childhood (Psychology - MA)
The impact of right-wing populism on security : the case of the Philippines (Political Science - MA)
The politics of subsystems : agenda management and policy change in education (Political Science - PHD)
The embodied politics of relational Indigenous dramaturgies (Theatre - PHD)
Rationalizing legislative rule change : three cases of rule change in the Canadian House of Commons (Political Science - MA)
Admission : figuring the early modern theatre (English - PHD)
Dark Mimesis : a cultural history of the scalping paradigm (History - PHD)
The collective experience of Universal Constructivism (Hispanic Studies - PHD)
'I feel out of place' : children born into the Lord's Resistance Army and the politics of belonging (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - PHD)
Reinventing Buddhism : conversations and encounters in modern India, 1839 - 1956 (Asian Studies - PHD)
Mining power : subnational participation in social conflicts in Peru (Political Science - MA)
A periodical for a science : Xinli and psychological knowledge in Republican China 1922-1927 (Science and Technology Studies - MA)
Trust in civil wars : the implications of conflict character and threat on political and social trust (Political Science - PHD)
Canada’s curiously cautious commemoration of women suffragists
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Japanese Language and Literature (Lecturer)
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The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) is accepting applications for up to 7 Lecturer positions in teaching Japanese as a second/foreign language, commencing September 1, 2018. These are full-time positions for a term of up to three years, which...
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The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) is accepting applications for up to 3 Lecturer positions in teaching Japanese as a second language with course coordination responsibilities, commencing September 1, 2018. These are full-time positions for a...
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The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) is accepting applications for up to 3 Lecturer positions in teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language, commencing September 1, 2018. These are full-time positions for a term of up to three years, which...
Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language with Course Coordination (Lecturer)
The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) is accepting applications for up to 3 Lecturer positions in teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language with course coordination responsibilities, commencing September 1, 2018. These are full-time positions...