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
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Kam, Christopher Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Farinha Luz, Vitor Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Thobani, Sunera Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Job, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Quayle, Moura Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Price, Richard Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Bakker, Karen Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Szkup, Michal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Henry, Gregory H Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Lauster, Nathanael Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Metzer, David Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
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
Medved, Maureen Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Glassman, James Francis Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Song, Kyungchul Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hoffmann, Florian Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Donner, Simon Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Robertson, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Miller, Bruce Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
King, Ross Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sundberg, Juanita Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Bablitz, Leanne Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
O'Connor, Deborah Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Menkis, Richard Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Gallipoli, Giovanni Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Marshall, Christopher Warren Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Hansson, Gunnar Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Schabas, Margaret Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Philosophy
Gick, Bryan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Shelton, Anthony Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Bratiotis, Christiana Associate Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Moran, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies
Pennefather, Patrick Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Yang, Renren Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Kia, Hannah Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Baines, Donna Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Mccormick, Kelly Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Morris, Leora Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Trebbi, Francesco Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hodgson, Elizabeth Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Tupper, Allan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Segal, Judy Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Savalei, Victoria Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Booker, Courtney Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Ostwald, Kai Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Department of Political Science

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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.