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||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, 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||Role of Governments and Institutions, Political Contexts, Social Contexts, Education Systems, Teaching and Learning Systems, Social Organization and Political Systems, 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||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 Environment, Climate change science, Climate policy, Science communication, Coastal Ecosystems|
|Douglas, Jennifer||UBC iSchool (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 Ideologies, 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||UBC iSchool (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 Institutions, 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||Cognition, Sensation and Perception, 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||Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, 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
Armed groups, child soldiers and the pursuit of legitimacy (Political Science - PHD)
The perception of global motion in typical and atypical visual development (Psychology - PHD)
How perception constrains statistical learning across development (Linguistics - PHD)
The many faces of the unreliable narrator : an analysis and typology of young adult novels and their narrators (Children's Literature - MA)
Linguistic dating of biblical texts : proponents, challengers and Judges 5 (Religious Studies - MA)
The historical constitution of the obedient subject (Political Science - PHD)
White supremacy and patriarchal cisgenderism in US nation-building and resistance by transgender and non-binary people of colour (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - MA)
Ch’oe Han’gi and the philosophy of Ki : the problem of Korean philosophy (Asian Studies - MA)
Collections documentation : The art of Mrs. Gertie Tom (Anthropology - MA)
Sociology (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)
The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2019. The substantive area of specialization is open. Our ideal candidate will have a...
Sociology with an Indigenous perspective (Assistant or Associate Professor)
The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time tenure-stream faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will have a record of...
Sociology, with focus on computational social science (Associate or Full Professor)
The Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position with a particular focus on computational social science. The ideal candidate would be an established Sociologist offering intellectual...
Visual Art (Sessional Lectureship)
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory invites applications for a part-time sessional lecturer to teach the following visual art course in 2018 winter term 1 (September – December 2018): ___________________________________________________________________________ VISA 240 (003) —...
Pipeline protesters predict number of arrests over Trans Mountain will eclipse War in the Woods
CBC Mon July 16 2018 By: Chad Pawson CBC interviewed David Tindall, a UBC professor of sociology who has studied civil disobedience, for a story about arrests related to Trans Mountain pipeline protests. “Some people think that they don’t have any choice if they want to be moral beings,...
Director, School of Social Work
The Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Social Work, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. We expect that the successful candidate will have a record of research publications and scholarship...