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.

 
1118
Master's Students
704
Doctoral Students
567
Graduate Degrees Awarded

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
Heatley, Stephen Department of Theatre & Film Theatre, acting, directing, new play development, comedy, commedia dell’arte, solo performance, play producing, Canadian theatre, Canadian plays, Literature, gender/sexuality
Heine, Steven Department of Psychology Culture and human nature in psychology, culture, how people strive to maintain a sense of meaning in their lives when they encounter anomalies which they are unable to make any sense of, how people understand essences and genetic foundations for human behavior
Henry, Gregory H Department of Geography tundra ecosystems, experimental climate change, plant-animal interactions, Arctic environments, vegetation change, plant traits
Hermida, Alfred UBC Graduate School of Journalism new media, internet, journalism, media, newspapers, broadcast, Online journalism, social media, multimedia storytelling, disruptive innovation, emerging communication technologies
Hermiston, Nancy Jane School of Music Voice and Opera
Hesselink, Nathan School of Music ethnomusicology, world music, Japanese music, Korean music, popular music, Ethnomusicology
Hewitt, Paul Department of Psychology perfectionism, Therapy Perfectionism, personality vulnerability, depression, suicide in adults and children
Hiebert, Daniel Joseph Department of Geography immigration, diversity, national security
Hill, Ian Department of English rhetoric, persuasion, argumentation, technology, weapons, interrogation, political economy, war rhetoric, conflict rhetoric, dissent, mass movements
Hirsh, Elizabeth Department of Sociology Inequality, Gender and Race Discrimination, Work Organizations, Law
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Vancouver School of Economics International finance, macroeconomics, development economics in India
Hoberg, George School of Public Policy and Global Affairs forest policy, energy policy, environmental policy, trade and environment, softwood lumber, Olympics, Aboriginal issues (land rights), Forestry policy
Hodgson, Elizabeth Department of English English Renaissance
Hodgson, Richard Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies 17th century French novel, Baroque theories, theory of novel, analysis of narrative texts before 1800, bilingualism in texts, literature & cities
Hoffmann, Florian Vancouver School of Economics Labor Economics, Macro Economics, Income Inequality, Education, Mobility
Hoppmann, Christiane Department of Psychology Health and well-being across the adult lifespan and into old age, individual differences in goals
Huddart, Joanna Department of Sociology Sustainable consumption, Food, Social class, Gender
Hudson, Nicholas James Department of English social class, studies of race, studies of language, literature and history
Hudson Kam, Carla Department of Linguistics Language development, second language acquisition, critical periods for learning, input and language learning, language learning and language change, Psychology, First and second language acquisition, gesture and language learning, language contact and language change
Huebner, Kurt Department of Political Science European integration; euro and global currency regimes; international trade and fdi; sustainability and innovation policies; global macroeconomics;European politics, Money and currency regimes, politics and economics of European integration as well as on contradictions and complementarities of sustainability and international competitiveness
Huemoeller, Katharine Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Hunt, Sarah Department of Geography Indigenous and legal geographies; women, girls, and Two-Spirit people
Hur, Nam-Lin Department of Asian Studies Japanese, cultural foundations, religion, international relations
Hwang, Il Myoung Vancouver School of Economics empirical industrial organization and market design; evaluating different school choice mechanisms
Ibrahim, Mohamed School of Social Work

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Graduate Student Profiles

Gabriel Smith

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Neural Basis of Thought Movement

Katrina Dunn

Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre (PhD)
Real Estate and Theatricality in Vancouver’s Downtown Core

Miriam Matejova

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

Anthea Pun

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Foundations of Social Power Reasoning

Douglas Robb

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
Canadian energy landscapes

Gloria Bell

Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD)
Relationships between Indigeneity and the Vatican

Ajay Bhardwaj

Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD)
Cultural Exchange and Cooperation among Socially Marginalised Musicians in Punjab: The Muslim Mirasis and the Dalits

Sheila Giffen

Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
Community Mobilization and the Biopolitics of Race in AIDS Writing and Activism

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, Author, Activist
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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