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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 more than 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

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 81 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 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Faculty of Arts received $34.6 million through over 900 research projects. 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
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Department of Political Science International organizations, international relations, international security/peace operations, interntional rules, noms and legitimacy, sun-Saharan Africa
Cookson, Tara School of Public Policy and Global Affairs Public policy; Development; Social protection; Care work; Gender equality
Cooper, Elisabeth Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies Archaeology of greater Mesopotamia
Copeland, Brian Vancouver School of Economics International trade, environmental economics, interaction between globalization, the environment, and the sustainability of renewable resources
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Department of Sociology Sociology; social movements; identity; political sociology; social psychology
Coulthard, Lisa Department of Theatre & Film film theory and violence; film sound and violence, contemporary American and European cinemas, continental philosophy and Lacanian theory
Coulthard, Glen Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science First Nations politics – national; political theory
Couture, Victor Vancouver School of Economics Economics; Urban economics and transportation; Efficiency of urban transportation systems; Potential for e-commerce to reduce spatial inequality; Preferences for social interactions; Consequences of gentrification
Creighton, Millie Department of Anthropology Japan, Japanese descent communities (Nikkei or Nikkeijin), Korea, Inter-Asian Relations, Identity, Consumerism, Popular and Mass Culture, Gender, Minorities, Work and Leisure
Crowston, Clare Department of History history of early modern France, history of labor, women and gender, material culture, economic exchange, and fashion
Cutler, Frederick Department of Political Science Social movements and democracy; public opinion; Political Methodology; Canadian Politics; Elections; Electoral Systems; Federalism; Academic Publishing Systems
Dadugblor, Stephen School of Journalism, Writing, and Media English language; Rhetoric; Digital media/social media; democratic deliberation; decoloniality; writing studies; African Studies
Dalziel, Pamela Department of English Language and Literatures 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 Language and Literatures Linguistics, grammar
Daniels, Megan Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern 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 Social sciences; international relations; global environmental politics; sustainability governance; global South; Developing countries; transnational corporations; technology; consumption; Plastic Pollution; social movements; environmentalism; activism; deforestation
Davis, Wade Department of Anthropology Social sciences; cultural biological diversity, language loss, South American ethnography, coca, Colombia; Polynesian Wayfinding, Tahltan, Haida, Vodoun, Tibetan beyuls, Arctic, Sacred Geography, Dreamtime,
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 Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies Ancient Greek world history, environment, urbanism, developmnet of societies, colonization, economics, ancient literature
de Villiers, Jessica Department of English Language and Literatures 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 Language and Literatures 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


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: Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability
UBC Author(s): Milind Kandlikar (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 4
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Social Science and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Aryan Karimi (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 02779536
Volume: 345
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Labour/ Le Travail
UBC Author(s): Charles Menzies (Anthropology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 07003862
Page Range: 309-322
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Space Safety Engineering
UBC Author(s): Michael Byers (Political Science / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 24688975
Volume: 11
Page Range: 74-79
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Sociological Theory
UBC Author(s): Seth Abrutyn (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 07352751
Volume: 42
Page Range: 73-96
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Clinical Psychology
UBC Author(s): Christiana Bratiotis (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00219762
Volume: 80
Page Range: 610-624
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Social Science and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Avery Everhart (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 02779536
Volume: 345
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Review of Economic Studies
UBC Author(s): Victor Couture (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00346527
Volume: 91
Page Range: 858-898
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Autism
UBC Author(s): Connor Kerns (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 13623613
Volume: 28
Page Range: 540-564
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Psychological bulletin
UBC Author(s): Azim Shariff (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 150
Page Range: 284-318
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: American Historical Review
UBC Author(s): Heidi Evans (History / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00028762
Volume: 129
Page Range: 143-147
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: SSM - Population Health
UBC Author(s): Gerry Veenstra (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 25
Publication Date: March 2024

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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: 79
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Asian Theatre Journal
UBC Author(s): Siyuan Liu (Theatre and Film / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 07425457
Volume: 41
Page Range: iii-v
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
UBC Author(s): Paul Hewitt (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 10633995
Volume: 31
Publication Date: March/April 2024

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Publication: Child Development
UBC Author(s): Tanya Schmader (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00093920
Volume: 95
Page Range: 636-647
Publication Date: March/April 2024

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Publication: Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans
UBC Author(s): Ramana Mani (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03770265
Volume: 105
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Social Science Quarterly
UBC Author(s): Laura Nelson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00384941
Volume: 105
Page Range: 342-358
Publication Date: March 2024

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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
2023 Dr. Salles advanced the documentation of Pirahã, a vulnerable language spoken in the Amazon, and contributed to destigmatizing a non-standard dialect of Brazilian Portuguese. Her work also provided a fresh take on a long-standing puzzle in the field of linguistics, by proposing that nouns can be licensed by categories other than articles. Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD)
2023 There are many unsolvable debates in the world. How do we use the Internet to make sense of them? Dr. Novin researched how biases on the Internet influenced student inquiries, search strategies, and decisions. He documented the cognitive methods participants used to counter biases. This will help educators with teaching critical thinking skills. Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ji studies the in-process tensions surrounding boundaries that emerge from and respond to the interplay of difference and sameness, with a particular focus on the transformation of ethnic minority identities in post-socialist China. Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Yan examined the interactions between the Chinese and Spaniards in the Philippines through the creation of a Spanish manuscript, the Boxer Codex (1590s). Her study illuminates the convergence of sixteenth-century book cultures from China and Europe, offering fresh perspectives on the Sino-Hispanic relations in the Spanish colony. Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ono explored how mothers facing violence navigate child protection and family law systems. Her research uncovered how practices are ideologically-driven by the legal principle best interests of the child, causing more harm to women and children. This contributes to social work by highlighting how texts can be tools of resistance not complicity. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)
2023 Dr. Matavelli examined the role of lack of communication in perpetuating misperceptions about social norms, especifically in the context of masculinity norms. She also investigated the role of norms change, proxied by an election outcome, on violence against women. She then showed that psychedelic intake led people to leave the formal labour market. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2023 Dr. Wang studied the value of Chinese art song to Western vocal pedagogy. He introduced a collection of Chinese art song teaching repertoire and created a new Mandarin IPA system to solve the Mandarin pronunciation difficulty in singing. His study will enable Western educators to incorporate Chinese art songs more effectively into their curricula. Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Instrument (DMA)
2023 Dr. Leischner studied what happens to Indigenous voices when they are recorded and held in museums and archives. Guided by members of the Nuxalk Nation, she found that the collection and stewardship of these recordings overlaps with logics of resource extraction. Her findings emphasize the importance of Indigenous law and anti-extractive research. Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Vega Acuna studied, using a field experiment, how leadership roles can improve the academic performance and social integration of low-income students at a top university in Peru. He also shows how low-income students, during the Covid-19 online classes period, faced more difficulties to score higher grades than other students. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2023 Nikolai Medtner was a Russian composer whose large contribution to the art song genre has gone mostly unnoticed. Dr. Stanyer looks at how Medtner set complex Russian and German poetry to music, and how he communicated text and meaning through music. This research will be beneficial to future performers of these wonderful art songs to aid in interpretation. Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano (DMA)