Ruth founded GRASAC together with Heidi Bohaker, our First Nations partners and several other scholars in 2005. She served as its director during GRASAC’s first decade, procuring several major grants; hosting the administrative office, computer lab, archives, and servers; and supervising a wonderful team of GRASAC research assistants at Carleton.
Ruth is Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture and Professor of Art History at Carleton University, Ottawa. Currently she is a visiting professor at Yale University. Her research focuses on the indigenous arts of North America, particularly of the Great Lakes region, and on critical museology. Her books include Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums (2011); Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast (1998); and, with Janet Catherine Berlo, Native North American Art (2nd edition, 2015). She has served as director of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and president of CIHA, the International Committee on the History of Art. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.