Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD)
The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies offers a dynamic curriculum focusing on a contextualized knowledge of the languages, literatures, and cultures of Latin America, Spain and other Spanish-speaking communities within the US and Canada. The following areas of research are central to the curriculum and intellectual agenda of the program: the current state of literary, cultural and linguistic criticism, visual culture, contemporary debates on the first nations of the Hispanic World, redefinition of minorities in the digital age, and specific issues concerning multilingualism and multiculturalism.
The first PhD in Hispanic Studies was given in the early 1970s.
What makes the program unique?
Students have the possibility of holding Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. Our students have access, in addition to all the libraries of UBC, to a Reading Room with a collection of several thousand books, as well as computers.
A Graduate Forum, organized by students in conjunction with faculty members, is held once a month. Every year a symposium is held at which students present their research to the department.
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9 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; for 1 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 7 graduates:
RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher EducationMount Royal University
University of Lethbridge
University of Prince Edward Island
University of British Columbia
University of Aberdeen
Sample Employers Outside Higher EducationDavey Tree Expert Co.
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationArea Manager
PhD Career Outcome SurveyYou may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
DisclaimerThese data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,632.61||$2,868.22|
|Tuition per year||$4,897.83||$8,604.66|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$923.38 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Alvarez-Moreno, Raul (Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature and Culture (Celestina, picaresque novel, short story), Economy and Medieval Literature and Culture , Visual Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, Relations between Language and Ideology, Travel Writing )
Beasley-Murray, Jon (Latin American studies, social and political theory)
Beauchesne, Kim (Colonial Latin American literature and culture, Postcolonial theory, Comparative literature, Notions of hybridity and multiculturalism, Translation Studies, Trans-Atlantic/Trans-Pacific Studies, Politics of utopia in Latin America, Legacy of colonialism in Latin American contemporary literature, Literature and human rights )
De Grandis, Filomena (Spanish American modern and contemporary literature, cultural studies, Latin American Leftist Utopias, Genre of the Essay)
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad (Peninsular contemporary literature and culture)
Navarro Ortega, Samuel (The teaching and learning of Spanish as an additional language; Experiential learning of Spanish in an Anglophone context; The nature of research methods and techniques in literary studies)
Santos, Alessandra (Modern and contemporary Latin American literature and culture; Cinema, visual arts, and music; Critical theory; Aesthetics and politics; Postcolonial Studies; Indigeneity and African Diasporas; Embodiment and performance)
Zhang, Gaoheng (Migration Studies, Mobility Studies , Postcolonial Studies , Gender and Masculinity Studies, Race Theory, Film and Media Studies, Rhetoric and Communication Studies , Cultural Theory, Italian-Chinese relations , Italy's global networks , Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture)
Recent Doctoral Citations
- Dr. Sara Jenny Barnard
"Dr. Barnard studied connections between prisons and culture in contemporary Spain. Her research explored how cultural texts and practices changed understanding of the penitentiary system and suggested alternatives to punishment. Linking prisons, belonging, movement, and borders, she illuminates a central challenge facing today's Spain." (November 2017)
- Dr. Jose Feliciano Lara Aguilar
"Dr. Lara studied literary works of the Mexican guerrilla during the 1960's and 70's. He argues that the tensions and articulations between mourning and memory, utopia, and apocalyptic visions recreate a symbolic space where guerrillas, their families, and friends work for the reconstruction of memory, recognition, love and justice." (November 2016)
- Dr. Javier Enrique Alvarez Jaimes
"Dr. Alvarez-Jaimes completed his doctorate in Hispanic Studies. He investigated how the perception produced by the news about poverty and violence in an urban community in Colombia motivated the practice of hip hop. His research offers a new understanding of how dialogue can shape political actions and influence the transformation of marginalized spaces." (May 2016)
- Dr. Manya Wubbold
"Through a dual linguistic and literary analysis, Dr. Wubbold examined a selection of contemporary Mayan poems. Her research focuses primarily on the use of polysemous terminology and poetic devices. This study reveals how complex networks of symbolic meaning are conceptualized and encoded in language and poetic expressions unique to Mayan culture." (May 2015)
- Dr. Pablo Rubio Gijon
"Dr. Rubio Gijon studied crime fiction films produced in Francoist Spain and Peronist Argentina from 1951 to 1955. He argues that by using the crime fiction genre, which helps to maintain the dominant ideology, the films oppose authoritarianism through narrative and formal strategies such as visual elements from film noir or Italian Neorealism." (May 2014)