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 ascending Academic Unit
Lee, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Maillard, Keith Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Powers, Bradley Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Monteyne, Joseph Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hwang, Il Myoung Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Sinnamon, Luanne Silvia Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Creese, Gillian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Dierkes, Julian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Yoon, Florence Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Laroussi, Farid Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
O'Brien, Heather Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Siu, Henry Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Ichikawa, Jonathan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Rouget, Christine Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
McIlroy, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Karwowska, Bozena Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Hur, Nam-Lin Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Gregory, Derek John Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Dixon, Joy Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Schaller, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Beauchesne, Kim Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Johnson, Phyllis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Berdahl, Jennifer Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Murphy, Anne Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Christopoulos, John Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Snowberg, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
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
Belcourt, Billy-Ray Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Brownlee, Kimberley Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Mota, Miguel Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Johnston, Kirsty Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Handy, Todd Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gu, Xiong Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Morton, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Milstein, Sara Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Girard, Jonathan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Moss, Laura Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Pratt, Geraldine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Brinton, Laurel Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Ostwald, Kai Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science
Liu, Siyuan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Gillham, David Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Anderson, Kristin Siwan Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Rieger, Caroline Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Mikami, Amori Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology

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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.