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Faculty Spotlight


Ross Fair

Title:

History

Office:

History

Specialization:

History

Biography:

Dr. Ross Fair’s research explores the role of local history, both myth and memory, in constructions of Canadian identity.

His work on pre-Confederation Canada is published in journals and edited collections, and he is currently working on a monograph that explores the ideology of improvement and the formation of the Upper Canadian state between 1792 and 1850

Drawing on his experience in museum work and public history consulting, Dr. Fair is active in preserving and promoting local heritage on campus. In 2013, he supervised a team of Ryerson undergraduates as they researched historical events at Maple Leaf Gardens and produced short videos that will be shown at public events. He curated the permanent historical panels mounted throughout Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens, as well as an exhibit at the Archives of Ontario entitled Perceptions of 1812: Identity, Diversity, Memory (on display through July 2014). He is a volunteer member of Heritage Toronto’s Board of Directors and serves as Chair of its Plaques and Markers Committee.

Dr. Fair is also an award-winning instructor who brings his extensive knowledge of Toronto’s past to the department’s very popular course HST 527: ‘Toronto: Wilderness to Metropolis.’ 

Department:

Dr. Ross Fair’s research explores the role of local history, both myth and memory, in constructions of Canadian identity. He is currently working on a monograph that explores the ideology of improvement and the formation of the Upper Canadian state between 1792 and 1850