To be human is to wonder, to seek meaning, to discover. Faculty of Arts’ graduate students create and disseminate knowledge in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Creative and Performing Arts through teaching, research, professional practice, artistic production, and performance in the context of freedom of inquiry and intellectual curiosity.

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.

 
1123
Master's Students
700
Doctoral Students
534
Graduate Degrees Awarded

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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 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.

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 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.

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Fee, Margery Department of English Land ownership figures in the work of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies Peninsular contemporary literature and culture
Ferreira Da Silva, Denise Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice ethical questions of the global present and target the metaphysical and ontoepistemological dimensions of modern thought; Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Theory, Critical Legal Theory, Political Theory, Moral Philosophy, Postcolonial Studies, and Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Firkins, Jacqueline Department of Theatre & Film costume design
Fisher, Kevin Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies Near Eastern archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology, built environments, architecture, urbanism, digital archaeology, social interaction, power
Fisher, Alexander John School of Music Renaissance and Baroque Studies
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Department of Psychology Neural circuits subserving learning and executive functions, behavioural and electrophysiological analyses of limbic-cortical-striatal interactions involved in decision making and behavioural flexibility, animal models of schizophrenia and drug addiction
Fortin, Nicole Vancouver School of Economics Wage inequality and its links to labour market institutions and public policies, including higher education policies economic progress of women, gender equality policies, and gender issues in education
Frackman, Kyle Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies German studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, literature, film, East Germany, Scandinavia, affect
Franch Ballester, Jose School of Music Spanish clarinetist
Francois, Patrick Vancouver School of Economics African Autocracies, Economics of Developing Countries, Indian Village Governance, Macro, development, problems in development economies, political economy and non profits
Frank, Adam Department of English Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, media, and poetics, science and technology studies, theories and histories of affect and feeling, rhetoric of science
Frelick, Nancy Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies 16th century literature, theory &criticism, genre studies, women's writing &gender studies, early modern medicine
French, William Earl Department of History Latin American history, Mexican history (19th and 20th century), Labour and social history, Working class culture, gender
Freund, Luanne iSchool@UBC: School of Library, Archival and Information Studies Human information interaction in digital environments, pragmatic and task-based approaches to information searching, workplace search, document genres, the relationship between tasks and genres in information practices, LIS education and scholarship
Friedrichs, Christopher Department of History Early modern european urban and social history, German history 1500-1800, German Jewish history, social history of the Reformation, early modern world history
Fu, Qiang Department of Sociology a multidisciplinary perspective on institutional changes, social networks and mental health over the urban space; comparative and temporal analysis of civic engagement and identity; child and youth well-being (e.g., obesity and school bullying); developing
Fuller, Sylvia Department of Sociology precarious employment; inequality; work; gender and work; immigration, Work and Labour, Inequality, Gender, Economic Sociology, Social Policy, Welfare state restructuring
Fulton, Bruce Department of Asian Studies Literary translation, Modern Korean fiction, women
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Department of Psychology hippocampus, sex differences
Gallipoli, Giovanni Vancouver School of Economics applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor economics
Gardiner, Robert Department of Theatre & Film Sceneography , stage design, lightning
Gardner, Gregg Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies Judaism, Rabbinic Literature, Rabbinic Judaism, Mishnah, Talmud, Jewish Studies, Jewish Law, Jewish Ethics, Charity, Jewish Ethics, Archaeology of Israel, Archaeology and Hebrew Bible, Archaeology of Jerusalemn
Ghaziani, Amin Department of Sociology LGBT issues, sexuality, gay and lesbian rights, gay communities, gay politics, gay neighborhoods, Sexualities, social movements, cultural, cities
Gick, Bryan Department of Linguistics phonetics, speech science, speech motor control, speech perception, multimodal perception, tactile perception, ultrasound imaging of speech, sounds of the world’s languages, Physical mechanisms of speech production, speech research

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Graduate Student Profiles

Marc Tadaki

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
The difference that space makes in the implementation of environmental policy

Kirk King

Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD)
Kadekaru Rinsho: His Life, His Music, and His Role in Restoring Okinawan Identity

Dada Docot

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
Filipino migration to Japan

Jules Koostachin

Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD)
Indigenous Women in Documentary Film: Women Creating Echoes from the Centre: InNiNiNew IsKweWak KaKioChiTat KaPaSwePaNik AnTa TeTaWitCh

Siba Ghrear

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Social Perspective taking

Miriam Matejova

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)
Understanding Climate Governance through the Environmental Security Lens
Emily Acheson

Emily Acheson

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Climate change, land use change, or both? How spatio-temporal modelling of the Cryptococcus gattii fungus in the Pacific Northwest may reveal determinants of emerging infectious diseases

Juliane Collard

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
The global and the intimate in assisted reproduction

Alumni on Success

Kristina Uban

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2013]
Job Title
Post Doctoral Researcher
Employer
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Joshua M Ferguson

Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD) [2016]
Job Title
Producer, Director & Writer, Artist
Employer
Turbid Lake Pictures & Self-Employed

Julie Belanger

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2006]
Job Title
Research Leader
Employer
RAND Europe

Sharon Fortney

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD) [2009]
Job Title
Associate Curator
Employer
Museum of Vancouver

Kirsten Dalrymple

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2010]
Job Title
Research Associate
Employer
University of Minnesota
photo of Melanie Badali, UBC alum

Melanie Badali

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2008]
Job Title
Registered Psychologist
Employer
Private Practice - North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic

Justin Park

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2005]
Job Title
Senior Teaching Fellow
Employer
University of Bristol

Rami Nader

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) [2005]
Job Title
Director/Psychologist
Employer
North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic

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