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 ascending Academic Unit
Glassheim, Eagle Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ross, Becky Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Mawani, Renisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Chiu-Duke, Josephine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Cutler, Frederick Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Wei Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Odic, Darko Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Kunz, Nadja Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Franch Ballester, Jose Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Thauberger, Althea Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Wright, Matthew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, School of Population and Public Health
Al-Solaylee, Kamal Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Bostanci, Gorkem Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Murphy, Gayle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hudson, Nicholas James Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Brain, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Farinha Luz, Vitor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
McCarty, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Peck, Jamie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Soma, Kiran Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Yi, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Ostwald, Kai Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Hewitt, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Woody, Sheila Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Meyers, Eric Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Byers, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Devereux, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ferreira da Silva, Denise Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
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
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Huebner, Kurt Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Milligan, Kevin Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Vellutini, Claudio Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Mahtani, Minelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Gaertner, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology

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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.