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, Language Interactions, Language Rights and Policies, Bilingualism and Multilingualism|
|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|
|Drljaca, Igor||Department of Theatre & Film|
|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|
|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
The Arthur of the March of Wales (English - PHD)
International trade and firm performance (Economics - PHD)
Interpreting derived stative predicates : evidence from ʔayʔaǰuθəm (Linguistics - MA)
Essays in applied econometrics (Economics - PHD)
True stories : literary journalism and the making of social knowledge (Sociology - PHD)
The killing of Syrian children : on the dangers of theorizing from emergency (Political Science - MA)
Social anxiety and empathy for social pain (Psychology - PHD)
The war lawyers : U.S., Israel and the spaces of targeting (Geography - PHD)
Modern acheiropoieta : the Veil of Veronica in the age of the Jacquard loom (Art History - MA)
Sum of the parts | art and the archive : the status of the document (Art History - MA)
Acting like a state : the politics of foreign labor admission in Japan and Taiwan (Political Science - PHD)
A reverse curse of knowledge in childhood (Psychology - MA)
Mechanisms of coexistence between native and exotic plant species (Geography - MSC)
Ballot roll-off could happen in Vancouver: UBC prof
Georgia Straight Thu Oct 18 2018 By: Carlito Pablo Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, was interviewed for a Georgia Straight article about the Vancouver municipal election. He noted that voters may be overwhelmed with 158 candidates vying for 27 positions.
Canada’s happiest people are teenaged boys, elderly women
Maclean's Thu Oct 18 2018 Maclean’s quoted John Helliwell, a UBC professor emeritus of economics and a happiness expert, in a story about Canada’s happiest people. He noted “the opportunities and performance of young women have increased dramatically compared to young men” in education...
Can’t figure out who to vote for? UBC prof shares tips on navigating choices
CBC Tue Oct 16 2018 By: Claire Hennig CBC interviewed Gerald Baier, a UBC political science professor, for an article on navigating choices in municipal elections. He discussed how voters can find neutral information on the candidates.
Climate change solutions may lie in ancient wisdom: Davis
Chronicle Herald Sun Oct 14 2018 The Chronicle Herald featured an interview about climate change with Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor. “One of the things that is coming out of this climate change dilemma is a recognition that we are all in this together,” he said.
A stubborn person’s guide to improving your mood
NY Magazine Thu Oct 11 2018 By: Katie Heaney New York Magazine interviewed Elizabeth Dunn, a UBC psychology professor, for a story about improving your mood. Her research found people are happier spending a set amount of money on someone else than spending the same amount on themselves.
Semantics (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)
The Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Formal Semantics to begin July 1, 2019, with appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Linguistics or a closely related field,...