Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Supervision".

Name Role Facultysort descending Academic Unit
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Shakya, Tsering Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Asian Studies
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Zhang, Gaoheng Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Lee, Barbara Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Silver, Erin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bullard, Julia Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Morzycki, Marcin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Saggio, Raffaele Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Turner, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Dawson, Samantha Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Daniels, Megan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Gramling, David Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Piechocki, Katharina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Sultan, Nazmul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Wilson, Tina Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Briggs, Marlene Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Slingerland, Edward Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Hoberg, George Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Shin, Leo Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History, Department of Asian Studies
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Peterson, Glen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lopes, Dominic Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Li, Xiaojun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Rocheleau, Alain-Michel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Boccassini, Daniela Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Fuller, Sylvia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
French, William Earl Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rizzotti, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Moran, Patrick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Laird, Colleen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Victoriano, Ramon Antonio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Makris, Georgios Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Goetz, Friedrich Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Norris, Samuel Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Afsahi, Afsoun Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science

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    Reaching Out Tips

    Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

    Check requirements
    • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
    • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
    Focus your search
    • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
    • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
      • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
      • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
    Make a good impression
    • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
      • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
      • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
    • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
    • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
    • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
      • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
      • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
    • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.