Professor Alison Ross joined the ARC as Executive Director, Humanities and Creative Arts in February 2023.
Prior to her appointment to the ARC, Professor Alison Ross had senior leadership experience on research matters through her time as Deputy Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University.
Currently she is Professor of Philosophy at Monash, has been an ARC Future Fellow, and most recently held the position of Academic Director Research in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the university.
Professor Ross’s research focuses on the semantic impact of aesthetic experience on understanding the world and acting in it. She has published on topics in aesthetics, the history of modern philosophy as well as on literature and film.
Professor Ross’s most recent books examined respectively the theory of revolution and history, and the conception of the image, in the work of the German cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin.