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 facult 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
Thrush, Coll Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Klein, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Laurin, Kristin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
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
Kennedy, Emily Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Drljaca, Igor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Naqvi, Naveena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Bourges, Antoine Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Silverberg, Noah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Lachance, Lindsay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Kim, Eric Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Maraj, Louis Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
Fabris, Michael Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Raftery, James Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Kruk, Edward Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Ramankutty, Navin Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Rusk, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Simchen, Ori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Snyder, Jason Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Morton, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Lynn, Hyung Gu Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Castonguay-Belanger, Joel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pina Baldoquin, Manuel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bakker, Karen Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Francois, Patrick Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Roeder, John Barlow Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Anderson, L. Mark Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Nardizzi, Vin Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Beaudry, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Lemieux, Victoria Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Duranti, Luciana Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Peters, Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Warren, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Li, Duanduan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Fulton, Bruce Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Jacobs, Alan Michael Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Fisher, Alexander John Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Pareles, Mo Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Abrutyn, Seth Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Rizzotti, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Catungal, John Paul Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Duffy, Kay Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Frei Njootli, Jeneen Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Silfverberg, Miikka Pietari Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kesler, Roland Lincoln Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Department of English
Hassan, Marwan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography

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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.