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|
|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|
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)
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)
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...
Plastic bag fees: Helping the environment or big profit for retailers?
CTV Thu Dec 6 2018 CTV mentioned UBC environmental sociologist Emily Huddart Kennedy in an article about whether plastic bag fees actually help the environment or bring profits for the retailers. Huddart Kennedy said charging for bags puts more of the responsibility on consumers.
Film Production (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)
The Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Film Production to begin July 1, 2019. The Department’s ideal candidate is a dynamic and innovative narrative filmmaker who can...