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
Wang, Jessica Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Copeland, Brian Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Keddie, George Anthony Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Wong, Danielle Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Mahtani, Minelle Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice
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
Sriram, Veena Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Webster, Crystal Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Dollinger, Stefan Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Pulleyblank, Douglas Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Winstanley, Catharine Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Baron, Andrew Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Coulthard, Lisa Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
Salgirli, Saygin Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Winthrop-Young, Geoffrey Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Jing, Zhichun Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Eaton, Brett Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Coleman, Katharina Pichler Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Paris, Leslie Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
McCasland, Jamie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Koppes, Michele Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Claxton, Dana Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Baier, Gerald Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Dempsey, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
McKendry, Ian Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Geography
Sathaye, Adheesh Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Asian Studies
Sharon, Rena Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ellermann, Antje Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Kojevnikov, Alexei Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Norenzayan, Ara Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology
Gardiner, Robert Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Theatre & Film
de Angelis, Franco Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies
Abdul-Mageed, Muhammad Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Linguistics
Pohl-Weary, Emily Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Ohlin, Alix Professor Faculty of Arts School of Creative Writing
Whitney, Valerie Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Ibrahim, Mohamed Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts School of Social Work
Troeung, Y-Dang Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Lowe, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Vancouver School of Economics
Hanser, Jessica Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of History
Doberstein, Carey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Political Science
Heatherington, Tracey Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology
Silva, Tony Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Musto, Michela Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Sociology
Philip, Kavita Professor Faculty of Arts Department of English
Starling, Dan Assistant Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Hamm, Corey Professor Faculty of Arts School of Music
Levell, Nicola Associate Professor Faculty of Arts Department of Anthropology

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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.