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.
|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||Environmental anthropology; Anthropocene studies; Political ecology of nature conservation; Multi-species ethnography; Power & resistance; Critique of neoliberalism; Sustainable food systems; Ethnographic writing and reflexivity; Anthropological engagements with fiction|
|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||Global Health and Emerging Diseases; 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||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|
|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||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||Archeological Data Analysis; Molecular Genetics; Bioarchaeology; Ancient DNA Analysis (paleogenetics); Ancient proteins (paleoproteomics); Environmental Archaeology; Marine Ecosystems; Animal Domestication|
|Turin, Mark||Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); Lexicography and Dictionaries; Language Contact and Linguistic Changes; Language Rights and Policies; Language Interactions; Political Culture, Society and Ideology; Nepal; Tibet; Sikkim; Bhutan; First Nations; Bella Bella; Heiltsuk; Indigeneity|
|Weston, Darlene||Archeological Data Analysis; Biological Anthropology; Bioarchaeology; Osteoarchaeology; Paleopathology; Paleodemography|
What does living with climate change mean for indigenous populations of the Indian Himalayas? How does local knowledge about the cryosphere (water in its solid form, including the snow cover and glaciers) gained through agropastoral activities contrast with knowledge produced by climate...
In 2014 at the WIPP underground repository in New Mexico, a nuclear waste drum mispackaged with organic kitty litter erupted with fire. This ethnographic talk explores a fraught nexus of U.S. Department of Energy technopolitics, performance incentives, labor exploitations,...
Roundtable panelists will speak for 5-7 minutes each about the challenges and opportunities of adapting research to the pandemic context, drawing upon their own expertise and experiences over the past several months. The floor will then be open for conversation, moderated by this term’s Anth...
Photo credit The UBC Department of Anthropology will be participating in this week’s Scholar Strike Canada on September 9 and 10. Students in UBC Anthropology courses should check with their instructors regarding plans for classes on those dates. We encourage students to...