Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD)
Historians study the past to better understand the present. They analyze the forces and influences that have affected human experiences and shaped different societies over time. For more than 80 years, our graduate program has promoted this analysis from social, cultural, political, and intellectual perspectives in diverse contexts throughout the world. Our graduate students have done research in such diverse locations as the Philippines, China, Japan, India, Russia, Germany, Britain, Mexico, Cuba, the United States and Canada and in fields spanning Aboriginal History, Gender History, History of Science, International Relations, and Migration History, among others.
What makes the program unique?
The Department comprises over 30 full-time faculty members and over sixty graduate students who work collaboratively in vibrant research clusters covering all the continents and organized thematically around themes such as Culture/Power/History; Environmental History; First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous History; History of Children and Youth; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; and International Relations. It is the center of a community of history scholars at UBC that also includes faculty members and student colleagues from other departments and research institutes across the University who have numerous occasions to meet, especially during colloquia and workshops. Faculty and graduate students have access to library resources which are among the best in North America. The UBC Library is the second largest research library in Canada, with especially strong collections in the fields of East Asia, Canada, Britain and Central and Eastern Europe.
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27 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 25 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):
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 EducationCalifornia State University - Fresno
Free University Berlin
University of South Alabama
Vancouver School of Theology
Sample Employers Outside Higher EducationVF Ltd.
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationResearch Consultant
Regional Marketing 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.
Booker, Courtney (Early medieval europe, histiography, rhetoric, narrative, hermeneutics, literary and textual critcism, latin philology, codicology, transmission of texts, and intertextuality, drama and performativity, politcal theology and l'augustinisme politique, medievalism)
Brain, Robert (History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History)
Bronfman, Alejandra (20th century Carribean and Latin America, imperial and transnational history, violence and the production of knowledge, histories of race, broadcasting, wireless, sound, listening and politics)
Brook, Timothy (Chinese history, global history, war crimes, Social and cultural history of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the japanese occupation of China during WW2, historical perspectives on world history and human rights)
Byrne, Jeffrey (International history; Empires, decolonisation, & postcolonial history; Africa; Middle East; Revolution)
Cheek, Timothy (20th century Chinese history, the history of the Chinese communist party, the role of intellectuals in public life in China)
Dixon, Joy (History of gender, sexuality, and the body, history of religion, history of the social and human sciences, history of empire)
Ducharme, Michel (Canadian History before Confederation, Quebec History, Liberalism and Nationalism in Canada and Quebec, Canada and the Atlantic World)
Evans, Heidi (history of media and communications , international relations, international organizations, Germany, Europe)
French, William Earl (Latin American history, Mexican history (19th and 20th century), Labour and social history, Working class culture, gender)
Friedrichs, Christopher (Early modern european urban and social history, German history 1500-1800, German Jewish history, social history of the Reformation, early modern world history)
Glassheim, Eagle (History of East/Central Europe, modern Germany, environmental history, the Habsburgs )
Gorsuch, Anne (History; Soviet Union; Russia; tourism; cold war; cultural exchange; the Sixties; youth, Soviet Union, tourism, cultural exchange and global encounter, global sixties, cuba, youth)
Ishiguro, Laura (British Columbia, Canada, and the British Empire, settler colonialism, migration, family, gender, histories of the everyday)
Kojevnikov, Alexei (Modern history of science, especially physics, science, society,and culture, Russia and Soviet History, Nuclear History and the Cold War)
Krause, Paul Lewin (United States, culture/power/history, ethnicity, race, nationalism)
Lee, Steven Hugh (Cold war)
Loo, Tina Merrill (Environmental history of Canada)
Menkis, Richard (Jews and Judaism in Canada Antisemitism in Canada Canada and the Holocaust Jewish historical memory and identity, Modern Jewish history, Canada, ethnicity and historical memory, religion and society, antisemitism, responses to the Holocaust)
Miller, Bradley (Law and legal history; state formation; political history; Canada)
Morton, David (urban Africa; architecture and planning in history; informal settlement, housing, and citizenship; Mozambique in the twentieth century; Portuguese colonialism)
Nappi, Carla (Multilingualism and translation in early modern China, Medicine, healing and embodiment, Manchu, Tibetan, Islamic, and Mongolian natural history and medicine in the Ming and Qing, Identification and resemblance in history, Historical epistemology)
Paris, Leslie (History of American childhood, History of American summer camps, Modern American social and cultural history, childhood and youth, gender and sexuality, popular culture)
Peterson, Glen (China, Chinese migration (especially to Southeast Asia), Overseas Chinese and the modernization of China, Refugee movements into and out of China in the twentieth century)
Recent Doctoral Citations
- Dr. Maria Grazia Petrucci
"Dr. Petrucci studied Japanese piracy in southern Japan from the early 16th century. She determined that Kyushu pirates contributed to the economic integration of Kyushu within regional trade and that their absorption into local militia groups facilitated the political integration of Kyushu under the Tokugawa regime." (November 2017)
- Dr. Brandon Cody Davis
"Dr. Davis' study uncovers the procedures and policies governing the military's acquisition and ongoing control of vast tracts of national territory in Canada and the United States. In examining how emergency war powers and land use practices took hold and were given permanent spatial arrangements, this study provides a critical overview into origins and functions of North American defense lands." (November 2017)
- Dr. Matt Galway
"Dr. Galway examined how radical intellectuals in the developing world engaged with Mao Zedong Thought and how they became Communists as responses to crises in their homelands. His research explored how outside ideas are received and adapted to both respond to and cope with the intense pressures of economic, industrial, and political modernization." (November 2017)
- Dr. Sebastian Huebel
"Dr. Huebel examined the identity of Jewish men in Nazi Germany through the lens of gender. His findings show how the Nazis tried to emasculate Jewish men by ways of propaganda, law and violence and how Jewish men's self-understanding of their own identity changed. This work helps us better understand the consequences of gender roles and discrimination." (November 2017)
- Dr. Christopher Laursen
"Dr. Laursen studied how people historically experience and make knowledge about elusive phenomena. Focusing on twentieth-century British and American poltergeist cases, he found that research best advanced through active collaborations of those who experienced the phenomenon. His work contributes new directions to studying the boundaries of knowledge." (November 2016)