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
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
Duffy, Kay Department of Asian Studies Asian history; Literary or Artistic Works Analysis; Literary or Artistic Work Dissemination or Reception Contexts; Social Determinants of Arts and Letters; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Early Medieval China; Premodern Chinese Literature; Sinographic Sphere
Dunn, Elizabeth Department of Psychology Happiness, money and spending decisions, self-knowledge
Duranti, Luciana School of Information Archival, repository and related studies; Library science and information studies; Archival Diplomatics; Archival Theory; Digital Records
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 English language; 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.); Anglo-Latin literature; Arthurian literature; History of the Book; John Gower; Manuscript studies; Medieval literature
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 Political science; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Migratory Flows; Public Policies; Identity and Transnationality; Role of Governments and Institutions; Comparative Public Policy; Migration and Citizenship
Emberson, Lauren Department of Psychology Learning, Perception (audition, vision, crossmodal or multisensory), Language development, Face/object perception, Attention
Enns, James Department of Psychology Behavioural neuroscience of reward and motivation; attention; action kinematics; social perception; perceptual development
Evans, Paul School of Public Policy and Global Affairs Asia, international affairs, political issues, security issues
Evenden, Matthew Department of Geography Environmental history and water history, with a regional specialization in Canada, particularly Alberta and British Columbia
Fabris, Michael Department of Geography Gender, Race, Class, Power, Colonialism, Justice, Indigenous jurisdiction within Canadian cities, Piikani Nation’s attempts to challenge the construction of the Oldman River Dam
Farinha Luz, Vitor Vancouver School of Economics Microeconomic Theory,
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies Peninsular contemporary literature and culture
Ferraz, Claudio Vancouver School of Economics governance and accountability in developing countries; how politics affect public service delivery; the effects of electoral rules on political selection; the role of the state in high crime and violence environments
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 Classical Greek and Ancient Rome history; Classical archaeology; Classical linguistics; Religion and religious studies; Archeological Data Analysis; Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques; architecture; built environments; digital archaeology; Dynamics of Social Transformations; Mediterranean archaeology; Near Eastern archaeology; power; Social Life / Societal Life; social interaction; Urban Spaces and Urbanity; urbanism
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
Foggin, Marc Sustainable Development; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Environment and Habitats; Environment Management and Protection; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Protected Areas; China; Central Asia; Tibet; Mountain studies
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 Cinema studies; Film, television and digital media; affect; Artistic and Literary Marginality; Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles; Artistic and Literary Theories; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Arts and Literary Policies; Arts and Technologies; Arts, Literature and Subjectivity; Cultural Industries; East Germany; film; Gender Studies; German studies; history of science; history of sexuality; Literary or Artistic Work Analysis; literature; Media; Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.); queer studies; Scandinavia; sexuality; sexuality studies; Social Determinants of Arts and Letters


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 Science and Policy
UBC Author(s): Nadja Kunz (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 14629011
Volume: 120
Page Range: 187-194
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
UBC Author(s): Noah Silverberg (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00039993
Volume: 102
Page Range: 1239
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Indian Economic Review
UBC Author(s): Amartya Lahiri (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00194670
Volume: 56
Page Range: 255-279
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Cognition
UBC Author(s): Susan Birch (Psychology / Faculty of Arts), Andrew Baron (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00100277
Volume: 211
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Neuropsychopharmacology
UBC Author(s): Stanley Bogdan Floresco (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 0893133X
Volume: 46
Page Range: 1240-1251
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Gender and Society
UBC Author(s): Laura Nelson (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 08912432
Volume: 35
Page Range: 330-357
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
UBC Author(s): Camilla Speller (Anthropology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 2352409X
Volume: 37
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
UBC Author(s): Elizabeth Dunn (Psychology / Faculty of Arts), Victoria Savalei (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01461672
Volume: 47
Page Range: 969-984
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Water Resources Research
UBC Author(s): Robert Daniel Moore (Geography / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 00431397
Volume: 57
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
UBC Author(s): Jessica Tracy (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 118
Publication Date: 1 June 2021

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Publication: International Migration Review
UBC Author(s): Amanda Cheong (Sociology / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 01979183
Volume: 55
Page Range: 482-513
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Social Science and Medicine
UBC Author(s): Hannah Kia (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 02779536
Volume: 279
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Journal of Econometrics
UBC Author(s): Kyungchul Song (Economics / Faculty of Arts), Vadim Marmer (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 03044076
Volume: 222
Page Range: 882-908
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: PLoS ONE
UBC Author(s): Jason Snyder (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 16
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Journal of Applied Econometrics
UBC Author(s): Kyungchul Song (Economics / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 08837252
Volume: 36
Page Range: 416-436
Publication Date: June/July 2021

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Publication: Social and Legal Studies
UBC Author(s): Erin Baines (School of Public Policy / Faculty of Arts)
ISSN: 09646639
Volume: 30
Page Range: 341-361
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Current Addiction Reports
UBC Author(s): Luke Clark (Psychology / Faculty of Arts)
Volume: 8
Page Range: 214-224
Publication Date: June 2021

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Publication: Theatre After Empire
UBC Author(s): Siyuan Liu (Theatre and Film / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 133-147
Publication Date: 31 May 2021

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Publication: The Consequences of Divorce: Economic and Custodial Impact on Children and Adults
UBC Author(s): Edward Andrew Kruk (Social Work / Faculty of Arts)
Page Range: 195-227
Publication Date: 31 May 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. Wynes examined how individual actions can be optimized to reduce the greenhouse gases that warm our planet. His interdisciplinary research included analysis of political and lifestyle choices. This study demonstrates that societal elites and motivated members of the public may be missing opportunities to fight climate change more effectively. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mitra studied how the decline in labour union power led productivity to rise during recessions since the early 1980s in the US. His work also established a limited role for parents in determining income and consumption inequality among children. These findings have policy implications for temporary job-guarantee in recession and bequest tax. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)
2020 Dr. Ho studied the link between physical activity and cognitive function. His research showed that physical activity is associated with improved performance on tasks such as university exams. He also developed a novel way to measure physical activity outdoors. These results have implications for the promotion and measurement of physical activity. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Zhang studied how individuals high in perfectionism form relationships in group psychotherapy. Her research elaborates on the mechanisms of how perfectionism may negatively impact the process of psychotherapy and informs intervention strategies. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Hofman examined the relationship between privacy and transparency, finding that recordkeeping mediates that relationship. She developed a framework for records professionals making decisions weighing privacy, transparency, and secrecy based on archival principles. Her research can improve digital technology to better protect privacy. Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mabi investigated the role of information and identity for African Immigrants seeking equitable employment in Vancouver. She demonstrated that the multifaceted identities of immigrants had a significant impact on access to settlement support and employment outcomes, highlighting the value of an intersectional approach to immigrant settlement. Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Standing presented a new historical interpretation of the early modern English Chancery's role in relocating moral obligation from a spiritual to a temporal jurisdiction. Arguing that this shift is registered in the period's drama, she has contributed to an important ongoing conversation about personal interiority, state values, and conscience. Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
2020 Dr. Graham examined the pedagogical benefits of learning and performing a musical genre known as complexism - a style that has received much criticism over the years. He presented interviews with well-known performers, analysis of his own experience, and highlighted the benefits the musician will see as a result of an experience with this genre. Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Instrument (DMA)
2020 Dr. Hofer found that a romantic partner may improve health even when not physically present. Olfactory cues from a romantic partner improved people's ability to cope with stress and the likelihood of a good night's sleep. Her work suggests simple strategies that promote health and can be readily applied to a range of people and situations. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Khadka explored the exclusions based on race, gender, class, and linguistic and cultural competence that shape the experience of labour market negotiations among Bhutanese refugees in Canada. His research recommends inclusive labour policies to promote successful refugee resettlement. Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD)