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
Woods, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Mallipeddi, Ramesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Porto, Nuno Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Juhasz, Reka Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sia, Rosanne Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Baada, Jemima Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Partridge, Stephen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Kam, Christopher Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kandlikar, Milind Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Al-Kassim, Dina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English Language and Literatures
Coulthard, Glen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of Political Science
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
la Selva, Samuel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Werker, Janet Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Drelichman, Mauricio Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rosenblum, Daisy Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
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
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Palombo, Daniela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Shariff, Azim Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Weaver, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Laffin, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Heine, Steven Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Todd, Rebecca Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Main, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Chaudhry, Ayesha Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice

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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.