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
Cutler, Frederick Department of Political Science Canadian Politics, Political Parties, Elections, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Research Methodology and Statistics, Contemporary Political and Democratic Theory, American Politics
Dadugblor, Stephen School of Journalism, Writing, and Media English language; cultural rhetorics; rhetorical genre studies; democratic deliberation; decoloniality; writing studies; African Studies
Dalziel, Pamela Department of English Victorian-literature, Victorian-culture, visual-representation, illustration, gender-studies, religion, interdisciplinary-studies, textual-criticism, scholarly-editing, Thomas-Hardy, Charles-Dickens, George-Eliot
Dancygier, Barbara Department of English Linguistics, grammar
Daniels, Megan Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies Classical religion; Archaeology of Greece and the broader eastern Mediterranean; Late Bronze Age to Hellenistic Period; Ancient religion, sanctuaries, votive objects; Cross-cultural interaction; Ancient economies and trade; Divine kingship; Digital/data science approaches to the ancient world, particularly ancient religion; Migration and mobility across Eurasia; Phoenician culture; Ceramic analysis
Dauvergne, Peter Department of Political Science Refugee law, Immigration law, citizenship law, Global governance and emerging powers, environmental politics, asian
Davis, Wade Department of Anthropology Latin America, passionate defender of all of life
Davis, Henry Thomas Department of Linguistics First Nations languages
Dawson, Samantha Department of Psychology Psychology and cognitive sciences; Interventions for sexual dysfunction; Sexual function and dysfunction in individuals and couples
de Angelis, Franco Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature
de Villiers, Jessica Department of English Linguistics
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Department of Linguistics Native American languages; Algonquian language family, Cree, Blackfoot, Ojibwe; French / English bilingualism policy; formal linguistics; generative grammar (Chomsky); West African languages (Niger-Congo, Yoruba, Igbo, Edo); Nigerian languages; literacy vs. oralcy; language planning re: French, Indigenous languages, Speech/gesture coordination, syntactic interface relations
Deer, Glenn Department of English discourse studies, the rhetoric of power in narrative fiction, and postmodernism and Canadian Literature
DeLongis, Anita Department of Psychology Psychology and cognitive sciences; social determinants of health; chronic illness; coping; couples; families; health; Health Psychology; marriage; social support; stress
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 Sociology, n.e.c.; All other social sciences, n.e.c.; Sociology of education; Public Policy; Mongolia; policy communication; contemporary Japan; digital diplomacy; supplementary education; mining policy; Japanese education; 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
Doberstein, Carey Department of Political Science Political science and policy administration; Agencies and arms-length bodies in Canada; Public servant behavior in Canada; How citizens engage with government as part of local consultations and public engagement; Homelessness (politics, governance, policy); Local government or governance
Dollinger, Stefan Department of English English language; Language Contact and Linguistic Changes; Linguistic Variation and Society; Lexicography and Dictionaries; Language Interactions; Language Rights and Policies; Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Donner, Simon Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Atmospheric sciences; Fisheries sciences; Social and economic geography; Climate Changes and Impacts; Climate change science; Climate policy; Coastal Ecosystems; Marine Environment; Prediction and Climatic Modeling; Science communication
Douglas, Jennifer School of Information 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
Drljaca, Igor Department of Theatre & Film Creative writing; Film, television and digital media; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Canadian Cinema; Documentary; Eastern European Cinema; Film Making; Film Production; Mythology and World Portrayal; Narrative Film; Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Screenwriting; Scripting; Society and Ideology; Video and New Media

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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: International Affairs
UBC Author(s): Kristen Hopewell (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00205850
Volume: 97
Page Range: 1025-1043
Publication Date: 1 July 2021

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Publication: DIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere
UBC Author(s): Hannah Turner (School of Information / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 1783-1792
Publication Date: 28 June 2021

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Publication: Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 51-63
Publication Date: 25 June 2021

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Publication: Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 136-154
Publication Date: 25 June 2021

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Publication: Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 1-10
Publication Date: 25 June 2021

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Publication: Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 64-75
Publication Date: 25 June 2021

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Publication: Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 37-50
Publication Date: 25 June 2021

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Publication: Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 218-227
Publication Date: 25 June 2021

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Publication: Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory
UBC Author(s): Philippe le Billon (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 1-282
Publication Date: 25 June 2021

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Publication: The Elections of 2020
UBC Author(s): Paul Quirk (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 161-187
Publication Date: 15 June 2021

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Publication: The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
UBC Author(s): Christiane Hoppmann (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 76
Page Range: 1049-1059
Publication Date: 14 June 2021

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Publication: Current Biology
UBC Author(s): Brian Klinkenberg (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 09609822
Volume: 31
Page Range: 2437-2445.e4
Publication Date: 7 June 2021

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Publication: International Journal of Cognitive Therapy
UBC Author(s): Elisha Klonsky (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 19371209
Volume: 14
Page Range: 341-361
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Demography
UBC Author(s): Guy Stecklov (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 58
Page Range: 847-870
Publication Date: 1 June 2021

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Publication: Sociology Compass
UBC Author(s): Yue Qian (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 15
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
UBC Author(s): Jessica Tracy (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 39
Page Range: 130-135
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Clinical Social Work Journal
UBC Author(s): Barbara Lee (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00911674
Volume: 49
Page Range: 256-270
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Clinical Social Work Journal
UBC Author(s): Barbara Lee (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00911674
Volume: 49
Page Range: 271-285
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Journal of Adolescence
UBC Author(s): Joelle LeMoult (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01401971
Volume: 89
Page Range: 161-169
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Sociology of Health and Illness
UBC Author(s): Lindsey Richardson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01419889
Volume: 43
Page Range: 1286-1300
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Journal of Sociolinguistics
UBC Author(s): Bernard Perley (Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13606441
Volume: 25
Page Range: 489-491
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Nature Climate Change
UBC Author(s): Simon Donner (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 1758678X
Volume: 11
Page Range: 537-542
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Extractive Industries and Society
UBC Author(s): Nadja Kunz (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 2214790X
Volume: 8
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: American journal of epidemiology
UBC Author(s): Gerry Veenstra (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 190
Page Range: 1056-1063
Publication Date: 1 June 2021

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Publication: Nature Reviews Earth and Environment
UBC Author(s): Michele Koppes (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 2
Page Range: 422-435
Publication Date: June 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
2020 Dr. Osterberg examined police responses to gang violence in BC's lower mainland by conducting qualitative interviews with forty-two police officers and two civilian employees across three jurisdictions. She argues that a productive way forward might include broader community and public health engagement in gang prevention and intervention. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2020 Dr. Gedda examined the earliest versions of the rahitname, a literary genre of Sikh religious ethics. His research situated the production of this genre in relation to the historical and literary context of South Asia in the early eighteenth century. His study contributes to the cultural and social history of pre-modern South Asia. Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Knowles wrote about Philip Roth, placing the irrepressible and controversial novelist more completely in his literary historical contexts. Combining archival research with close textual analysis, Dr. Knowles explored the significance of Roth's entanglement in the discursive dynamics of the Cold War to his ongoing struggle with fictional form. Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
2020 Close individuals tend to show synchronized ups and downs of stress hormones such as cortisol. Dr. Pauly examined interconnections in cortisol levels in older couples' daily lives. Her findings help us understand the everyday dynamics that contribute to health being linked in older couples. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 How does one archive the immaterial, the absent, the inaccessible after times of crisis? How does one make visible the disappeared? Dr. O'Brien investigated the work of Lebanese and Palestinian artists who, after the 1975-1990 Civil War in Lebanon, in which 17,000 people were deemed disappeared, make visible these populations and their histories. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)
2020 Dr. Choi investigated speech perception in preverbal infants. Her behavioural and neuroimaging research demonstrated that infants integrate information from their articulatory movements during speech perception. These studies advance understandings of how infants may acquire speech, the complex perceptual and motoric skill essential for language. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Wei studied how mortgage market fluctuations in the early 2000's affected long-term labor market outcomes in the US. Her work also investigated the impact of tax incentives on small business growth. These findings have policy implications for labor market recoveries after a financial crisis and the promotion of small businesses. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Lee used novel techniques and various modelling approaches to evaluate impacts of nitrogen fertilization at a coastal forest and provide better estimates of photosynthesis and respiration. These results help us understand more about the role of temperate forests in climate change mitigation. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2020 Dr. O'Regan explored the notion of community in literature of the Hispanic Caribbean diasporas, focusing on authors who write communities that escape classification. No longer identifying by race, culture, class, gender, or sexuality, these collectivities privilege difference over identity for a creative relationality. Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Park found that parents' flexible thinking and problem solving skills are important in reducing the association between the experience of chronic stress and harsh parenting. Given that stress is such a common experience for parents, her study provides important implications for parenting interventions to support healthy child development. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)

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