Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (DMA)
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|
|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|
This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Arts.
|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)|
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...