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.
Graduate Degree Programs
Research Supervisors in Faculty
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Glassheim, Eagle||Department of History||History of East/Central Europe, modern Germany, environmental history, the Habsburgs|
|Glassman, James Francis||Department of Geography||Development Geography, Third World Urbanization, Economic Geography, Political Economy, Political Geography, Southeast Asia, Pacific Rim|
|Godfrey, Sima||Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies||French culture; fashion and French culture; North American reception of French culture; French; teaching French in Canada and U.S.; French literature; European Studies., Fashionability in modern French culture, french culture history, 19th century French poetry, Baudelaire|
|Gordillo, Gaston||Department of Anthropology||Space and violence, affect, ruins and ruination, critical theory and continental philosophy, object-oriented ontologies, resistance to agribusiness, Latin America, Argentina, the Gran Chaco|
|Gorsuch, Anne||Department of History||History; Soviet Union; Russia; tourism; cold war; cultural exchange; the Sixties; youth, Soviet Union, tourism, cultural exchange and global encounter, global sixties, cuba, youth|
|Gottlieb, Joshua||Vancouver School of Economics||health economics, government spending, urban economics, real estate, housing|
|Graf, Peter||Department of Psychology||Memory, Prospective memory, Morality of Memory, Memory and Aging, Cognitive changes across the lifespan, Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive, Alzheimer's|
|Green, David||Vancouver School of Economics||Antibiotic Resistance, Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Determinants of the wage and employment structure bridging between macro labour and micro labour identification issues|
|Gregory, Derek John||Department of Geography||Political Geography War in the miiddle east, bombing|
|Griffin, Michael||Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies||Greek philosophy, Ancient philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Proclus, Neoplatonism, Ancient logic|
|Gu, Xiong||Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory||Fine Art. Transcultural identity and hybridity. Through the critical angle of visual art, my work encompasses other elements such as sociology, geography, economics, politics, literature; and finally, the dynamics of globalisation, local culture and individual identity shifts. These shifts do not merely constitute a simple amalgamation of two original subjects, but instead, seek to create an entirely new space., Installation, painting, drawing, photography, contemporary art theory|
|Guppy, Neil||Department of Sociology||sociology, social inequality, sociology of education, gender relations|
|Guy-Bray, Stephen||Department of English||Renaissance poetry|
|Hall, David Geoffrey||Department of Psychology||Lexical and conceptual development, semantic development, language acquisition|
|Hall, Kathleen||Department of Linguistics||Laboratory Phonology|
|Hallensleben, Markus||Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies||German Language Cultures and Literatures, Transnational Literatures, Visual Arts and Literature, European Studies, Literature and Sciences, Literature and Migration|
|Hamel, Keith||School of Music||Composition, Computer Music Studio|
|Hamlin, Kiley||Department of Psychology||Infant moral cognition, infant social cognition|
|Hamm, Corey||School of Music||Piano and Chamber music|
|Handy, Todd||Department of Psychology||aging and cognition, aging and exercise, cognitive neuroscience, attention, migraine, fMRI, Cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, attention and its impairment in clinical populations, mind wandering, and real-world human behaviour|
|Hanser, Amy||Department of Sociology||Work and employment; gender; consumption/consumerism; contemporary Chinese society, Culture and markets, inequality, gender, consumption, service work, China|
|Hansson, Gunnar||Department of Linguistics||theoretical phonology, morphology-phonology interface, phonological typology, historical linguistics (language change), locality relations, Icelandic|
|Harris, Mark||Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice|
|Harrison, Kathryn||Department of Political Science||Canadian politics, environmental politics, environmental policy, climate change, global warming, climate change policy, Canadian public policy|
|Hassan, Marwan||Department of Geography||Fluvial Geomorphology, Sediment transport, Channel Stability, Landscape evolution, Surface hydrology|
Graduate Student Profiles
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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)
Sum of the parts | art and the archive : the status of the document (Art History - MA)
Modern acheiropoieta : the Veil of Veronica in the age of the Jacquard loom (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)
Global Women’s Health & Human Rights (Sessional Lecturer)
The Faculty of Arts in collaboration with the Office of Regional and International Community Engagement (ORICE) is inviting applications for a qualified individual to teach the following 3-credit course during the 2019 Spring Session, Term 1 (May-June 2019): ASTU (4XX TBD) – Global Women’s Health...
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Global Policy
The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for the position of Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Global Policy with a focus on research, analysis and knowledge exchange in one of our priority areas of...
Human Geography (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)
The Department of Geography at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Human Geography. The Department seeks a dynamic scholar with broad intellectual interests in global urbanism/urbanization...
Douglas Todd: How migration impacts Vancouver’s housing prices
Vancouver Sun Fri Dec 7 2018 By: Douglas Todd Research by UBC geographers Daniel Hiebert and David Ley is mentioned in a Vancouver Sun op-ed about how immigration affects the Vancouver real estate market. Hiebert’s study found most immigrants show a greater desire to purchase real estate...
‘People are still suffering’: B.C. aid group nears Ukraine frontlines to bring food to victims
CTV Fri Dec 7 2018 By: Nick Wells CTV quoted Florian Gassner, a professor with UBC’s department of Central, Near Eastern and Northern European Studies, in an article about ongoing poverty and unrest in Ukraine. “There is constant shelling all day, there are military and civilian...
Paris Peace Forum no-shows prove liberal global order is in ‘crisis’
iPolitics Fri Dec 7 2018 By: Tommy K.S. Koh and Yves Tiberghien iPolitics published an op-ed by Tommy K.S. Koh, MPPGA candidate at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and Yves Tiberghien, a professor of political science at UBC. They wrote about the absence of Donald Trump...