Master of Arts
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.
|Barker, John||Local and global religion, history of Canadian anthropology, ethno-history, the anthropology of art and the impact of international environmental organizations upon indigenous peoples|
|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.|
|Blake, Thomas Michael||Archaeological research, origins and spread of maize agriculture in the Americas, exploration of Coast Salish identities as expressed in house structures and village settlement layouts extending from about 3000 years ago|
|Bloch, Alexia||Migration and Transnationalism, Anthropology of Gender, Statelessness, Ethnographic Methods and Writing, Socialist Cultures and Projects of Modernity, Eurasia, Peoples of Siberia|
|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|
|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||Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Ethnography, India, Outsourcing of Clinical Trials, Tanzania, Malaria, East Africa, Marine Conservation, Dispossession, Extractive Industry, Political Ecology|
|Kramer, Jennifer||Visual culture and art of the First Nations|
|Levell, Nicola||interdisciplinary folds of anthropology, theoretical museology, material culture and critical curatorial studies|
|Martindale, Andrew||Indigenous Archaeology, Northwest Coast, Oral Traditions, Spatial Analyses, Archaeology and the Law, Political Economy, Radiocarbon Dating, Indian Residential Schools|
|McKellin, William||Medical, linguistic and cultural anthropology; socio-linguistics and discourse analysis; clinical medical anthropology; genetics and society; international health; cognitive anthropology; kinship and social organization; Papua New Guinea; Canada.|
|Menzies, Charles||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)|
|Rosenblum, Daisy||multi-modal documentation and description of indigenous languages of North America, with an emphasis on methods, partnerships, and products that contribute to community-based language revitalization|
|Rowley, Susan||Archaeology, Arctic, Museums, Public archaeology, oral history, ethnohistory, material culture|
|Shaw, Patricia||First Nations languages; endangered languages, First Nations Languages|
|Shneiderman, Sara||Indigenous issues, Disaster response and preparedness|
|Speller, Camilla||Bioarchaeology, Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics), Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics), Environmental Archaeology, Marine Ecosystems, Animal Domestication|
|Turin, Mark||Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan, First Nations, Bella Bella, Heiltsuk, Indigeneity|
|Weston, Darlene||Biological Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Osteoarchaeology, Paleopathology, Paleodemography|
Wednesday, November 27 | 5:00 PM | 6201 Cecil Green Park Road Through her practice of “reverse ethnography,” Dr. Bruchac will also reveal how, in many cases, unknown histories can be recovered by tracking the desires and actions of non-Indigenous curators and collectors who transported these...
Wednesday, November 20 | 5:00 PM | Green College Drs. Armstrong and Parrott will discuss their shared experiences in leading the development of a collaborative Silyx/UBC research cluster in ecosystem sustainability and resilience.
TUESDAY, November 12, 2019 | 12:00-1:00 pm | ANSO 134 Dr. John Barker will discuss his field research on the Maisin people of Papua New Guinea, a socio-linguistic group of around 3,000 people living in Oro Province on the northeast coast of the country. Read more
Come join us for a short mid-morning break with free coffee, cookies, and good conversation! This is a social event for Anthropology students, faculty and staff at UBC to come together, enjoy some delicious treats and discuss current Anthropological happenings. View event page here.
This talk explores new migrations from Hong Kong in the 2010s. It will examine the different factors leading to the new exodus and the pattern of outmigration, return migration, and double reverse migration of the Hong Kong diaspora. More information here. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019 | 2:00-3:00 pm...
Full applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition. The deadline for applications is 5pm on November 12, 2019. (Research teams needed to submit a short Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply by September 23rd, 2019.) More information available here.