Department of Anthropology

UBC is home to the second oldest anthropology program in Canada, founded in 1947 by Harry Hawthorn. The first MA in anthropology was awarded  in 1954. By 1960, six anthropology MAs had been awarded and the first doctorates were awarded in 1970, making UBC the second university in Canada to offer a PhD in anthropology. In 1976, the Museum of Anthropology moved into its new quarters designed by Arthur Erickson and the Department took up residence in an enlarged and renovated space next door.

Affiliated with the Department of Anthropology, the Museum of Anthropology is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs and community connections. The MOA maintains an impressive collection focusing on the First Nations of British Columbia. It provides educational and research opportunities for students and faculty with several faculty members holding cross-appointments in the MOA.

Master's Students
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Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Blackburn, Carole relationship between Indigenous peoples and settler states; how Indigenous nations assert their rights and sovereignty in struggles over land and political recognition, and the consequences for Indigenous people of engaging states in legal and political arenas.
Bloch, Alexia Social sciences; migration; Gender; Eurasia; Russia; ethnography
Creighton, Millie Japan, Japanese descent communities (Nikkei or Nikkeijin), Korea, Inter-Asian Relations, Identity, Consumerism, Popular and Mass Culture, Gender, Minorities, Work and Leisure
Davis, Wade Latin America, passionate defender of all of life
Gordillo, Gaston Space and violence, affect, ruins and ruination, critical theory and continental philosophy, object-oriented ontologies, resistance to agribusiness, Latin America, Argentina, the Gran Chaco
Gusterson, Hugh Phillimore
Heatherington, Tracey Anthropology; Anthropocene studies; Anthropological engagements with fiction; Critique of neoliberalism; Environmental anthropology; Ethnographic writing and reflexivity; Multi-species ethnography; Political ecology of nature conservation; Power & resistance; Sustainable food systems
Jing, Zhichun Archaeology of Early China Archaeology Geoarchaeology Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology of early China, geoarchaeology, human impact on ancient environments, archaic states and early complex societies, systematic regional survey and analysis, quantitative analysis, environmental archaeology, provenance of archaic jades
Kamat, Vinay Ramnath Anthropology; Global Health and Emerging Diseases; Dispossession; East Africa; ethnography; Extractive Industry; Global Health; India; Malaria; marine conservation; Medical Anthropology; Outsourcing of Clinical Trials; political ecology; Tanzania
Kramer, Jennifer Visual culture and art of the First Nations
Levell, Nicola interdisciplinary folds of anthropology, theoretical museology, material culture and critical curatorial studies
Magliocco, Sabina
Martindale, Andrew Archeological Data Analysis; Archeological Excavation Methods and Techniques; Prehistory; History of Major Eras, Great Civilisations or Geographical Corpuses; Indigenous Archaeology; Northwest Coast; Oral Traditions; Spatial Analyses; Archaeology and the Law; Political economy; Radiocarbon Dating; Indian Residential Schools
Menzies, Charles Social sciences; Indigenous studies; Natural Resource Management; Maritime Anthropology; Western Europe; Ethnographic Film
Miller, Bruce Anthropology of Law, ethnography, ethnohistory of Coast Salish of BC and Washington, Indigenes worldwide, state-Indigenous relations
Moore, Patrick Anthropological linguistics, languages of North America, sub-Arctic ethnography, ethno-history, gender, First Nations Languages, Literacy and Orality, Oral Traditions, Dene (Athbaskan Languages and Cultures), Codeswitching, Gender, Indigenous Activism, and the Anthropology of Media
Muehlmann, Shaylih Environmental politics, linguistic anthropology, drug trafficking, indigeneity, water scarcity, the anthropology of the awkward, US-Mexico borderlands, Mexico
Robertson, Leslie Indigenous and settler historiographies, colonial regimes of difference, spectacle and narrative, and political histories of resistance in settler nations, afterlife of historical colonialism, forms of power and representation in the context of urban marginalization (drug use, sex work, health, and violence)
Rowley, Susan Anthropology, n.e.c.; repatriation; museums; material culture; Cultural Heritage; arctic archaeology; heritage management
Shneiderman, Sara Social and cultural anthropology; Indigenous issues; Disaster response and preparedness
Speller, Camilla Anthropology; Archeological Data Analysis; Molecular Genetics; Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics); Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics); Animal Domestication; Bioarchaeology; Environmental Archaeology; Marine Ecosystems
Turin, Mark Anthropology; Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); Lexicography and Dictionaries; Language Contact and Linguistic Changes; Language Rights and Policies; Language Interactions; Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Bella Bella; Bhutan; First Nations; Heiltsuk; Indigeneity; Nepal; Sikkim; Tibet
Weston, Darlene Anthropology; Archeological Data Analysis; Bioarchaeology; Biological Anthropology; Osteoarchaeology; Paleodemography; Paleopathology


Yujie Ji

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)

Evan Koike

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)

Hilal Kina

Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD)

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