Dr. Lynda Jessup, Associate Dean (Strategic Initiatives) holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Promoted to professor in 2011, she is a member of Department of Art History and Art Conservation, with cross appointment to the Department of Film and Media and affiliated membership in the Cultural Studies Program, of which she is former director. Active in both teaching and research, she a former Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar and holds both the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.
Dr. Jessup’s research is in the field of visual cultural studies. Her practice is interdisciplinary, focusing on Canadian and Native North American visual culture in exhibitions, the history of museums and collecting, art historiography and, more recently, the role of art exhibitions in advancing Canadian foreign policy and international cultural relations. She has published books and articles in her area of research, most recently as co-editor of Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (2014). Her current book project is a study of representative exhibitions of Canadian art, which focuses on the ways in which national art histories function as an operative part of the de-nationalizing processes of globalization. Learn more about Lynda Jessup's research here.