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Queen's University

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Ph.D. Candidate
Canadian History

Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298


M.A., Queen's University
B.A. (Honours), University of Toronto


Melissa was awarded her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in History and Political Science and Minors in Francophone Studies and Philosophy of Science. She then proceeded to Queen's University where she obtained her M.A. in Canadian History. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in History at Queen's University working under the supervision of Dr. Barrington Walker. Her dissertation, entitled 'Blackness' and British 'Fair Play': Black Canadian Responses to Anti-Black Racism, 1919-1939, examines the symbiotic relationship between anti-Black racism and the maturation of Black activism in Canada.

Areas of Interest

Black Canadian History, 20th Canadian Social History, Social Activism, Transnational Identities, Comparative 'Race' Politics


Teaching Assistant, Queen's University (2006- Present)

Slavery in North America from the Colonial Era to 1865 (HIST258)
Canada from the Conquest to the Present (HIST260)
Canada from the Conquest to 1896 (HIST278)
Issues in History: Canadian Military History (HIST242)
United States, Colonization to 1865 (HIST248)
United States, 1865 to Present (HIST249)
The Holocaust (HIST295)


Review of The Hanging of Angelique: the untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of old Montreal, by Afua Cooper. Race and Class 52, 1 (July 2010): 111-113.

Selected Conferences

"'A Noble Tradition to be Maintained': A 1920s Black Canadian Press Negotiates Racial Memory and Social Activism." Slavery, Memory, and Citizenship: Summer Institute/Institut d' Été 2011, The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, Toronto, Ontario, York University, August 2011.

"'Prejudice is in the Land': The Dawn of Tomorrow Narrates Canada's Anti-Black Racisms of the 1920s," Revisiting the Promise: Time, Place and Contested Space in African Canadian Communities, 4th Annual Promised Land Symposium, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, May 2011.

"'Spiritual and mental lynchings are just as bad as physical lynchings': Black Colonial Professionals and Anti-Black Sentiment in Britain, 1919-1939," Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, 2011 Annual Meeting, Abington, Pennsylvania, Penn State Abington, March 2011.

"Producing Inter-Racial Social Intercourse: The League of Coloured Peoples and the Keys Confront the Inter-War 'Colour- Bar' of a British Imperial World," Engaging and Articulating 'Race': Historical Encounters with 'Race' and Racialization, Graduate Student Symposium, Victoria, British Columbia, University of Victoria, June 2010.

"The Darker Side of Imperial Belonging: Epistemic Violence and the Black British Colonial 'Self' in the 1930s," New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, Toronto, Ontario, York University, February 2010.

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