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.
Schools / Departments
- Art History, Visual Art and Theory (formerly Fine Arts)
- Asian Studies
- Belkin Art Gallery (Morris & Helen)
- Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
- Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
- French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
- Museum of Anthropology
- Political Science
- Theatre and Film
Graduate Degree Programs
Research Supervisors in Faculty
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Hansson, Gunnar||Department of Linguistics||Phonology, Morphology, theoretical phonology, morphology-phonology interface, phonological typology, historical linguistics (language change), locality relations, Icelandic|
|Harlow, Francesca||Department of Asian Studies||social history; history of family and kinship and the meaning of place in Indian society and culture; theories of historical narrative, the social history of religion and imperialism|
|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||Geological and Geomorphological Processes, Fluvial Geomorphology, Sediment transport, Channel Stability, Landscape evolution, Surface hydrology|
|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||Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Biogeography, Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes, Climate Changes and Impacts, Environment and Habitats, Plants, Genotype and Phenotype, 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||Law, Structures and Organization, 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, 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|
|Hodgson, Elizabeth||Department of English||English Renaissance|
|Hoffmann, Florian||Vancouver School of Economics||Labor Economics, Macro Economics, Income Inequality, Education, Mobility|
|Hoppmann, Christiane||Department of Psychology||Aging Process, Social Aspects of Aging, Stress, Health Promotion, Social Determinants of Health, Health and well-being across the adult lifespan and into old age, individual differences in goals|
|Hudson, Nicholas James||Department of English||Literary or Artistic Work Analysis, 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|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
The historical constitution of the obedient subject (Political Science - PHD)
White supremacy and patriarchal cisgenderism in US nation-building and resistance by transgender and non-binary people of colour (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice - MA)
Ch’oe Han’gi and the philosophy of Ki : the problem of Korean philosophy (Asian Studies - MA)
Collections documentation : The art of Mrs. Gertie Tom (Anthropology - MA)
Essays in firm dynamics (Economics - PHD)
The provision of infrastructure in Nagoya during the 1990’s (Geography - MA)
Self-esteem and persistence in the face of failure (Psychology - PHD)
Audiovisual speech perception in 4-month-old infants (Psychology - PHD)
Essays on the implementation of environmental regulations in Canada (Economics - PHD)
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