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The Faculty of Arts at UBC brings together the best of quantitative research, humanistic inquiry, and artistic expression to advance a better world. Graduate students in the Faculty of Arts create and disseminate knowledge in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Creative and Performing Arts through teaching, research, professional practice, artistic production, and performance.

Arts has more than 25 academic departments, institutes, and schools 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 that deepen our understanding of humanity in an age of scientific and technological discovery. Whether Arts scholars work with local communities, or tackle issues such as climate change, world music, or international development, their research has a deep impact on the local and international stage.

The disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches in our classrooms, labs, and 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.

 

Research Facilities

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 trained 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 addresses 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 for collections-based research, an Ethnology Lab, a Conservation Lab, an Oral History and Language Lab supporting audio recording and digitization, a library, an archive, and a Community Lounge for 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 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 81 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. 

External funding also signifies the research success of our faculty. In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Faculty of Arts received $34.6 million through over 900 research projects. Of seven UBC SSHRC Partnership Grants awarded to-date, six are located in Arts, with a combined investment of $15 million over the term of the grants.

Since the 2011 introduction of the SSHRC Insight Grants and SSHRC Insight Development Grants programs, our faculty’s success rate has remained highly stable, and is consistently higher than the national success rate.

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
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 Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies Classical Greek and Ancient Rome history; Classical archaeology; Classical linguistics; Religion and religious studies; Ancient law (in theory and in practice); Documentary texts; gender and sexuality; Non-urban life in antiquity; Roman social history; Slavery (ancient and comparative)
Hunt, Dallas Department of English Language and Literatures Indigenous literatures; Indigenous theory & politics; Canadian Literature; Speculative fiction; settler colonial studies; Environmental justice; urban Indigeneity in the ‘reconciliation era’; histories of settler colonialism on the prairies; small, Indigenous publishing houses; settler replacement narratives and Indigenous futurities; poetry of Anishinaabe writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Hur, Nam-Lin Department of Asian Studies Japanese, cultural foundations, religion, international relations
Huyser, Kimberly Department of Sociology
Hwang, Il Myoung Vancouver School of Economics empirical industrial organization and market design; evaluating different school choice mechanisms
Ibrahim, Mohamed School of Social Work mental health; addiction among new immigrants and refugees; global mental health
Ichikawa, Jonathan Department of Philosophy Epistemology; Feminist philosophy; Human rights, justice, and ethical issues; Philosophy of language; Social philosophy; epistemology; ethics; Philosophy of Language; feminist philosophy; ethics of belief; knowledge; skepticism; context-sensitivity; consent; ethics of sex; rape culture
Irani, Anosh School of Creative Writing
Ishiguro, Laura Department of History British Columbia, Canada, and the British Empire; settler colonialism; migration; family; gender; Publications
Iurascu, Ilinca Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies Comparative literatures; Theories of cultural studies; Media, visual and digital culture; German literature; Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies; media theory; Media history; critical theory; film studies
Jaccard, Torsten Vancouver School of Economics Economics; international trade
Jacobs, Alan Michael Department of Political Science Political science; Social Organization and Political Systems; economic inequality; Political economy; public opinion; Public Policy; 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 Philosophy; Creative writing; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Creative scholarship; Creative Writing; epistemology; Language and meaning; Metaphysics; Philosophy of love; Romantic love; Fiction; Poetry
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Department of Political Science Political science; Social Organization and Political Systems; Congress; Foreign Policy; Immigration Policy; Legislative Politics; Public Choice; Trade Policy; US politics
Jing, Zhichun Department of Anthropology Prehistoric archaeology; Archaeometry; Archaeological theory; Archaeology; Anthropology; Early China; Shang Civilization; Archaeological Science; Early Urbanism; Geoarchaeology
Johal, Ranbir
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, Kirsty Department of Theatre & Film Dramatic literature and theatre history with particular interest in disability arts and intersections between health, disability and performance
Jorgenson, Andrew Department of Sociology Sociology and related studies; Environment and Community; sociology of health; environmental sociology; global political economy; sociology of development
Juhasz, Reka Vancouver School of Economics Economics; international trade; Economic History; Development and Growth; industrial policy and industrialization
Jun, Hyejung School of Music Music; choral
Jurkevics, Anna Department of Political Science critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Arts.

 

Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2023 Dr. Booker developed novel analyses to better understand how rivers respond to flooding. Using these methods, he demonstrated how river boundaries influence erosion and deposition in the river during floods. This work will help minimise human-related disturbance to riverine ecosystems. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Brooks examined the relationships between gambling and video games, specifically "loot boxes", a feature where players pay for in-game randomized rewards of varying values. He found that gambling-related cognitions associate with loot box use, and that loot box use also predicts subsequent gambling. These results support regulation of loot boxes. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Terpstra differentiated Major Depression and Bipolar Depression using computer-based measures of cognitive-affective processing. He also found that, for individuals who received repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat their depression, cognitive-affective processing predicted future symptoms and improved following treatment. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Aday led a program of research investigating how essentialist explanations for gender gaps in interest lead people to create affordances that confirm those beliefs. Their research shed light on a self-fulfilling process that, at scale, drives broader patterns of gendered occupational segregation. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ducharme explored various methods of integrating music composition and music technology. His thesis piece, CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background), leveraged data on the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation of the Universe to create a musical work for chamber sextet, with live electronics and interactive video. Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (DMA)
2023 Dr. Al-Ghorani studied spatiotemporal variations in sediment transport at watershed and channel scales.Though sediment reduction measures focus more on upland soil conservation, she found that local channel conditions should also be considered when mitigating the negative impacts of excess sediment caused by unavoidable climate and landuse changes. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD)
2023 Dr. Moore developed a philosophical account of truth that combines insights from formal semantics and current theories of reference, and then defended his account against rivals that seek to trivialize the philosophy of truth. He subsequently applied his theory to address the question of how thinking in terms of truth can aid philosophical inquiry. Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD)
2023 Dr. GermAnn did an ethnography in Thailand about a demon. Through this character he discovered how personal relationships to Thai traditions were being renegotiated within a growing generational divide marking the rise of an alternative understanding of the demon and an alternative form of Thai identity resistant to authoritarian structures of power Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Press examined the role of persuasion in medical settings and scientific writing. She showed how a patient's positionality can impact how that person is treated in medical encounters, and how discrimination can lead to differential health outcomes. Her research shows the value of applying narrative and rhetorical approaches to health studies. Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD)
2023 Dr. Zhumatova developed a policy index that measures the scope of mainstreaming, a policy of immigrant integration, across European states. She used the index and other data to examine if mainstreaming helps immigrants find employment. Her research contributes to a better understanding of whether immigrant integration policies work. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)

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