In 2017, the designation of Distinguished James McGill Professor (DJMP) was created to recognize the sustained scholarship and achievements of McGill's most accomplished tenured academic staff. The DJMP award winners have distinguished themselves as outstanding, innovative researchers and international leaders in their field over the course of two consecutive terms as either a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair or a James McGill Professor.
Professor and former James McGill Chair in Contemporary Art History in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, Dr. Christine Ross has been named a Distinguished James McGill Professor for her outstanding contributions to her field. Dr. Ross is a leading scholar on contemporary art and theory. She is nationally and internationally known for her publications on: contemporary media arts; vision and visuality; transformations of spectatorship; participatory media and art; artistic redefinitions of the public sphere; and reconfigurations of time and temporality in media art practices. She is currently working on her fourth single-authored book. Funded by a SSHRC Insight grant and entitled Coexistence(s) in 21st-Century Art, this timely project focuses on contemporary art’s response to the migration crisis. As a testament to the world-class caliber and relevance of her research, Professor Ross has received numerous prestigious grants and awards including: the Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto; l’Observatoire du cinéma au Québec, Université de Montréal; the Artexte Canadian Award for Research in Contemporary Art (first laureate); and McGill’s David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching. She has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada/Société royale du Canada since 2010. Dr. Ross has also shown a stellar commitment to leadership and mentorship both at McGill and in the larger academic and art communities. She has served as Director of Media@McGill, and was the principal investigator on the FQRSC-research grant Aesthetics, New Media and the (Re)Configuration of the Public Sphere). Known for her commitment to students and teaching, Dr. Ross has supervised 28 PhD theses to completion (with 8 in progress), and supervised 7 post-doctoral fellows and 28 MA theses (plus 3 in progress).