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|
|Ibrahim, Mohamed||School of Social Work|
|Ichikawa, Jonathan||Department of Philosophy||epistemology; philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophical methodology (including experimental philosophy), cognitive science, and metaphysics, especially but not|
|Ishiguro, Laura||Department of History||Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Family, Local Cultures and Dynamics, Identity and Transnationality, Regional Identities, British Columbia, Canada, and the British Empire, settler colonialism, migration, family, gender, histories of the everyday|
|Iurascu, Ilinca||Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies||Arts and Technologies, Artistic and Literary Theories, Media and Society, Arts and Cultural Traditions, Theories and Philosophies, German literature, media theory, cultural studies, film studies, critical theory, visual studies, media archeology|
|Jacobs, Alan Michael||Department of Political Science||Social Organization and Political Systems, political economy, public policy, public opinion, economic inequality, research methodology|
|James, Gareth||Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory||histories of iconoclasm in which the social divisions and inequities that mark and delimit artistic practice are registered most emphatically|
|Janara, Laura||Department of Political Science||Language and symbolism especially in gendered and familial thinking, politcal theory|
|Jenkins, Carrie||Department of Philosophy||epistemology and metaphysics|
|Jeong, Gyung-Ho||Department of Political Science||Social Organization and Political Systems, US politics, Congress, Legislative Politics, Foreign Policy, Trade Policy, Immigration Policy, Public Choice|
|Jing, Zhichun||Department of Anthropology||Archaeology of Early China Archaeology Geoarchaeology Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology of early China, geoarchaeology, human impact on ancient environments, archaic states and early complex societies, systematic regional survey and analysis, quantitative analysis, environmental archaeology, provenance of archaic jades|
|Job, Brian||Department of Political Science||international relations of Asia Pacific countries, especially political/security matters; Canadian political/security interests and policies vis-a-vis Asia, International security, liu institute|
|Johnson, Phyllis||Department of Sociology||Allocation of financial and human resources by families coping with stressful circumstances, including immigration and resettlement, family separation, unemployment, and conflicts between work and family responsibilities|
|Johnston, Richard G||Department of Political Science||Party Systems, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Canada, United States, Postwar Germany, and Political communication|
|Johnston, Charlotte||Department of Psychology||Family and parenting issues issues that arise in families with members who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) & others|
|Johnston, Kirsty||Department of Theatre & Film||Dramatic literature and theatre history with particular interest in disability arts and intersections between health, disability and performance|
|Jurkevics, Anna||Department of Political Science||critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought|
|Justice, Daniel||Department of English||Aboriginal, First Nations, Metis, Indigenous, Aboriginal literature, Aboriginal cultures, Aboriginal history, Aboriginal Studies, First Nations Studies, badgers, animal studies, cultural studies, GLBT issues, Queer Studies, sexuality, First Nations Studies Program, Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture|
|Kam, Christopher||Department of Political Science||Nature and evolution of parliamentary democracy, historical development of institutions|
|Kamat, Vinay Ramnath||Department of Anthropology||Global Health and Emerging Diseases, Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Ethnography, India, Outsourcing of Clinical Trials, Tanzania, Malaria, East Africa, Marine Conservation, Dispossession, Extractive Industry, Political Ecology|
|Kandlikar, Milind||School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability||Climate Change, Air Pollution, Extended Producer Responsibility, Human Development, Agricultural Biotechnology, Information Technology in Developing Countries, Technology innovation, human development and global environment|
|Karwowska, Bozena||Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies||Sexuality, Body and Gender in Nazi Concentration Camps|
|Kasahara, Hiroyuki||Vancouver School of Economics||Econometrics and international trade|
|Keddie, George Anthony||Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies||Religion, Ethnicity, and Economy in the Roman East; Apocalypticism in Judaism and Christianity; Jewish and Christian Material Culture and Epigraphy; Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; Archaeology of Roman Palestine; Urban Contexts of Christian Origins; Classical Ethiopic (Ge'ez) Language and Literature; Theory and Method for Religious Studies and Social History|
|Kemple, Thomas||Department of Sociology||Social and cultural theory, history of social sciences, literary and interpretive methods, aesthetic sociology, visual representation of concepts and arguments|
|Kerns, Connor||Department of Psychology|
Graduate Student Profiles
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Recent Thesis Submissions
The Arthur of the March of Wales (English - PHD)
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)
Modern acheiropoieta : the Veil of Veronica in the age of the Jacquard loom (Art History - MA)
Sum of the parts | art and the archive : the status of the document (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)
History (Sessional Lecturers)
The History Department invites applications to teach in the 2019 Summer Session and the 2019-2020 Winter Session: Summer Session Term One (13 May to 28 June 2019) Summer Session Term Two (2 July to 17 August 2019) Winter Session Term One (September to December 2019) Winter Session Term Two (January...
How to ‘love-craft’ your relationships for health and happiness
The Conversation Wed Sep 12 2018 By: Carrie Jenkins Carrie Jenkins, a UBC philosophy professor and Canada Research Chair, wrote an op-ed for The Conversation about creating the type of loving relationship that suits you. “Wouldn’t it be more creative — not to mention more honest — to...
Quietly, one of Trump’s tariffs threatens American democracy
Washington Post Tue Sep 11 2018 By: Heidi Tworek The Washington Post published an op-ed by Heidi Tworek, a UBC professor in international history, about Donald Trump’s tariff on Canadian newsprint. “Even in a purportedly digital age, material concerns fundamentally shape news. We forget...
From Trump to trade, financial crisis still resonates 10 years later
New York Times Mon Sep 10 2018 By: Andrew Ross Sorkin The New York Times cited work by Francesco Trebbi, a UBC economist, in a story about the financial crisis. Trebbi, Amir Sufi, and Atif Mian analyzed 60 countries and found that financial crises tend to radicalize electorates.
Five UBC Arts faculty members elected to Royal Society of Canada
Five UBC Arts faculty members—Peter Dauvergne, Bryan Gick, Daniel Justice, Ayesha S. Chaudhry and Kiley Hamlin—have been announced by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) as Fellows and as Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.