The Canada Research Chairs Program attracts the best talent from Canada and across the world, and helps our universities to achieve research excellence in a wide variety of fields. Chairholders improve Canadians’ depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen our country’s international competitiveness, and aid in the training of the next generation of highly-skilled people. McGill's Faculty of Arts to proud to have more than a dozen Canada Research Chairs among our talented and motivated faculty members.
CRC Tier 1 chairs are awarded to outstanding researchers who are acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the University receives $200,000 annually for seven years.
Gwyn Campbell, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History
Using archives and fieldwork to investigate early human migration to Madagascar, as well as slavery and the slave trade in the Indian Ocean World, Prof. Gwyn Campbell's research aims to contribute to an understanding of the economic history of the Indian Ocean World through an international and interdisciplinary investigation into human migration across the region.
Isabelle Daunais, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in the Esthetics and Art of the Novel
Prof. Isabelle Daunais' research looks at how novelists themselves define their art as a tool of thought. She seeks to understand how 20th century novelists defined the novel in comparison to other arts and justified its usefulness in relation to other forms of knowledge, such as history and humanity. Her research will markedly improve our understanding of novels as a global art and as a valuable field of human knowledge.
Russell Davidson, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in Economics
Prof. Russell Davidson has made substantial improvements to results derived from application of the so-called bootstrap method of estimating the probability distribution of a statistic. Prof. Davidson expects his new work to have greatest impact on everyday econometric practice. His primary goal is to discover techniques and methods that improve econometrics by increasing efficiency and ease of application. He believes that only through additional work will the bootstrap method reach its potential as a tool to influence policy decisions.
Myriam Denov, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender and Armed Conflict
Prof. Myriam Denov's research examines the effects of armed conflict on children and their families: the lasting effects of war on children born of wartime rape; former child soldiers and their reintegration into society following war; and children and families who face migration and resettlement as a result of war. This research will help local communities, governments, NGOs and the United Nations to take concrete action when it comes to war-affected children and families, and will influence policy and programming at local, national and international levels.
Allan Greer, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in Colonial North America
Prof. Allan Greer offers perspectives of the past in his studies of land tenure in the Early Modern period of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. He examines the various native forms of territorial possession, as well as the customs and legal systems imported by Spanish, English and French colonizers. In doing so, Greer is trying to gain a fuller understanding of the processes by which modern versions of property eventually emerged in North America. This research will lead to a better understanding of current issues surrounding Aboriginal title, environmental regulation and property rights.
Céline Le Bourdais, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in Social Statistics and Family Change
Prof. Céline Le Bourdais, an internationally respected demographer, is exploring key stages in family life to better understand the effects of these changes in family structure. Through studies and surveys conducted in Canada, the United States and some European countries, she is tracking individuals' lives as they evolve, and making it possible to interpret the changes observed in light of the specific contexts.
Ronald Niezen, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in the Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identity
Prof. Ronald Niezen's research is enhancing the study of transnational political networking by turning our attention to the intercultural dynamics involved in identity formation. His findings are useful to those working with groups that identify as culturally distinct, and have political aspirations tied to that distinctiveness.
F Jamil Ragep, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies
Prof. F. Jamil Ragep studies the social, religious and intellectual contexts of science in Islamic societies, and scientific exchanges between different cultural regions in the pre-modern period. By pointing to the complex historical relation between science and religion in Islamic societies, Ragep hopes that his work will contribute to today’s debate on rationalism, secularism and Islam. This research will deepen our understanding of Islamic secular traditions and how they are disseminated.
Peter Sabor, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies
Frances Burney was a prolific 18th-century writer of novels, plays, journals and letters, who knew many of the prominent people of her time, from Samuel Johnson to Napoleon. At the age of 15, she began keeping a journal of her experiences in London's literary, theatrical and musical circles. Her journals provide vivid accounts of daily life during the era. By preparing modern, complete and unabridged scholarly editions of Burney’s journals and letters, Prof. Peter Sabor's research is expanding the knowledge of 18th-century literature and life.
David Wright, Tier 1
Canada Research Chair in the History of Health Policy
Prof. David Wright is examining the extent and nature of the immigration of international medical graduates to Canada after the Second World War. His research looks at where the physicians came from, where they settled, and their social and professional characteristics, as well as the impact of physician migration on their new countries and on public health infrastructures. He also aims to understand how countries responded to the emigration of their physicians and how the loss of doctors affected their domestic health policies.