John X. Christ

Teaching Lecturer in Geography and Political Science

BA, Queens College, City University of New York; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Office Location:  Rounds Hall 116
Office Phone:  (603) 535-2335
Mail Stop:  MSC 39
Cluster:  Tourism, Environment and Sustainable Societies (TESS)

John Christ is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work weaves the fields of human geography, political science, and visual culture together with the pursuit of social justice. His research examines the representational practices through which individuals and communities gain a voice as they engage with and shape our world. These diverse but often subtly aligned practices include the creation of art, the shaping of our cultural landscape, everyday symbolic interaction, and the collective expression of our political ideals. His current projects explore these themes with respect to creative placemaking as a development strategy, the funding and reception of public art and historical monuments, and the visual culture of landscape tourism.

As a member of the local community, John Christ serves on the Plymouth Planning Board, is a member of the Plymouth Historical Society, has collaborated in various capacities with the Museum of the White Mountains, and is a parent and active volunteer at Mountain Village Charter School.

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Stuart Davis as Public Artist: American Painting and the Reconstruction of the Public Sphere,” Oxford Art Journal 37, no. 1 (March 2014), pages 65-82. 

“Stuart Davis and the Politics of Experience.” American Art 22, no. 2 (Summer 2008), pages 42-63.

“A Short Guide to the Art of Dining, Slumming, Touring, Wildlife and Women for Hire in New York’s Chinatown and Chinese Restaurants.” Oxford Art Journal 26, no. 2 (Fall 2003), pages 71-92.

“Bodies in Heat: A Discussion of Pia Lindman’s Sauna Projects.” Rethinking Marxism 15, no. 2 (April 2003), pages 197-211.

“The Art of Landscape Tourism in the White Mountains,” Adventures in Learning series (“The White Mountains: Adventure, Beauty, and Danger in our Backyard”), Colby-Sawyer College, March 4, 2020.

“Siting the Pemigewasset House within the Changing Landscape of American Tourism,” Museum of the White Mountains in connection with the exhibition “The Grand Hotels of the White Mountains,” August 8, 2019.

“Can Creative Place Making Serve the Public Good?: The Case of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge,” Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Bridgewater, MA, May 30-June 1, 2019.

“How American Artists Won the Right to be Monitored,” Space Between Society annual conference, “Under Surveillance in the Space Between, 1914-1945,” Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 2-4, 2016.

“Socialism and American Culture: Then, Now, and into the Future,” New England American Studies Association, “Beyond the Ballot Box,” Weston, MA, April 2, 2016.

“Collaboration and Collectivity in Search of a Model: Free and Open Source Art,” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association annual conference, Visual Culture subject area, New Orleans, LA, April 1-4, 2015.

“Resiting History in Lowell, Massachusetts: The Role of Public Art in Articulating Place and Imagining the Public,” Wellesley Deerfield Symposium, “Outside the Gallery: Public Sculpture in New England,” Deerfield, MA, March 14, 2015.

“The Aesthetic Control of the City: The Case of Tompkins Square at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery annual conference, “The Image of the Outsider in Literature, Media, and Society,” Colorado Springs, Colorado; March 9, 2013.

with Sarah Moser: “’Little Cambodia’: Manifestations of Cambodian Identities in the Built Environment.” Negotiating Immigrant Identities: From the Outside In and the Inside Out, Lowell, MA; October 22, 2011.

“Coenties Slip, New York: Envisioning the Past and Future of Urban America.” Artistic Manifestations in Architecture; Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA; December 11, 2010.

“Davis, Benton, and the Struggle to Define American Experience.” College Art Association Annual Conference; Boston, MA; 2006.