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
Kwakkel, Erik Professor Faculty of Arts School of Information
Wright, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Amijee, Fatema Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baron, Andrew Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Dechaine, Rose-Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Gottlieb, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hnatkovska, Viktoriya Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Yi, Christina Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Mansoor, Jaleh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Averill, Gage Professor Faculty of Arts
Cooper, Elisabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Harrison, Kathryn Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Callison, Candis Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
McElduff, Siobhan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Nosco, Peter Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Quirk, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Echard, Sian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bloch, Alexia Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Riano-Alcala, Pilar Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
Fortin, Nicole Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Chen, Jinhua Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Qian, Yue Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Casas Aguilar, Anna Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Williams, Ian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Thauberger, Althea Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Gaertner, David Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Perley, Bernard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
Magliocco, Sabina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
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
Christoff, Kalina Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Evans, Paul Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Svendsen, Linda Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Birch, Susan Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Paulhus, Delroy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Guy-Bray, Stephen Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Lahiri, Amartya Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Weston, Darlene Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Hudson Kam, Carla Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kingstone, Alan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Fernandez Utrera, Maria Soledad Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Vessey, Mark Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English

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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.