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|
|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|
|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||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||19th c. German and comparative literature, media theory, material culture studies, film studies, critical theory|
|Jacobs, Alan Michael||Department of Political Science||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||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, Kirsty||Department of Theatre & Film||Dramatic literature and theatre history with particular interest in disability arts and intersections between health, disability and performance|
|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|
|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||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|
|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|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Reinventing Buddhism : conversations and encounters in modern India, 1839 - 1956 (Asian Studies - PHD)
George does not exist : strategic silencing and methodical colonialism (Anthropology - MA)
"We are trans women" : on-street sex work and transgender politics in Mexico City (Anthropology - PHD)
The road of the lost (Children's Literature - MA)
Essays on credit booms and rational bubbles (Economics - PHD)
Prospective aspect in Tlingit (Linguistics - MA)
Empowerment power : NGOs and feminisms in Dar es Salaam (Anthropology - MA)
Essays on sorting with financial securities (Economics - PHD)
Reading risk : credit rating and the politics of municipal debt (Geography - MA)
Isle of Knots, a novel : religion in Isle of Knots and related fantasy fiction for youth, an exegesis (Children's Literature - MA)
Essays in industrial organization (Economics - PHD)
Tracing colonial animal trade and husbandry using stable isotope analyses (Anthropology - PHD)
The Arthur of the March of Wales (English - PHD)
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Globe and Mail Mon December 4 2017 By: Robert Johnston and Wenran Jiang The Globe and Mail published an op-ed co-written by Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, school of public policy and global affairs at UBC. Jiang and Robert Johnston, the CEO of Eurasia...
Linguistics (Postdoctoral position)
The Department of Linguistics, University of British Columbia – Vancouver, invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Syntax-Pragmatics interface, to commence no later than July 1, 2018. The position may be renewed for up to two years subject to budgetary approval and...