Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies
Daniel McNeil

Daniel McNeil

Professor and Queen’s National Scholar Chair in Black Studies

PhD (History), University of Toronto
MA (History/Ethnic and Pluralism Studies), University of Toronto 
BA Honours (History), Oxford University

Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D504
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext.79522
Research interests: Black Atlantic cultures, politics and intellectual traditions; diasporic identities and decolonial praxis; migration and multiculturalism; public history and public humanities

Daniel McNeil's teaching and scholarship bring together History, Diaspora Studies, Cultural Studies, and cognate fields of inquiry to explore the complexities of global Black communities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has contributed to research, teaching and program development within and across disciplinary and institutional boundaries in the United Kingdom (as a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Hull and Newcastle University), United States (as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Visiting Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University), and Canada (as a Professor of History and Chair of the Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative at Carleton University, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities and Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University, and the inaugural Public Humanities Faculty Fellow at the University of Toronto).
He is currently a co-lead of ‘A Living Archive of Anti-Racism: Multicultural Arts, Education, and Community-Building Practices,’ an academic-community based collaborative project that uses avenues available through formal education, drama, dance, film, and digital media to examine multiculturalism as an idea, a mythology, a government strategy, a media discourse and, to paraphrase the Black Atlantic intellectual Paul Gilroy, “snake oil.” Thinking While Black, his book about the political aspirations and cultural achievements of soul rebels, Black Atlantic intellectuals and planetary humanists over the past fifty years, will be published by Rutgers University Press and Between the Lines in 2022.

Selected Publications

“Even Canadians Find It a Bit Boring: A Report on the Banality of Multiculturalism,” Canadian Journal of Communication 46.3 (2021). 

with Chris Russill, “‘Multicultural Snake Oil’ and Black Cultural Criticism: A conversation with Daniel McNeil,” Canadian Journal of Communication 46.3 (2021).

“Wrestling with Multicultural Snake Oil: A Newcomer’s Introduction to Black Canada,” Unsettling the Great White North: Black Canadian History, eds. M. Johnson and F. Aladejebi (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021). 

with Y Meerzon and D. Dean (eds.), Migration and Stereotypes in Performance and Culture (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 

“Ethnicity, Ethicalness, Excellence: Armond White’s All-American Humanism,” African American Arts: Activism, Aesthetics, and Futurity, ed. S. Luckett (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2020). 

“‘Why on earth are you talking like an extra from The Wire?” Cultural Diversity and the Stage, 15.2 (2019).

with Phil Treagus, “Tools to Situate and Critique,” The Reading Lists, August 2018. 

with Ash Sharma, Anamik Saha, Naaz Rashid, Jasbinder Nijjar, Malcolm James, Chanzo Greenidge and Dhanveer Singh Brar, “England and the World Cup,” Darkmatter 10 (2018).

“The Last Honest Film Critic in America: Armond White and the Children of James Baldwin,” Film Criticism in the Digital Age, eds. Mattias Frey and Cecilia Sayad (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015).  

Nostalgia for the Liberal Hour: Talkin’ ‘Bout The Horizons of Norman Jewison’s Generation,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies  21.2 (2012). 

“‘The Rivers of Zimbabwe Will Run Red with Blood’: Enoch Powell and the Post-Imperial Nostalgia of the Monday Club,” Journal of Southern African Studies 37.4 (2011). 

Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic: Mulatto Devils and Multiracial Messiahs (New York: Routledge, 2010).

Lennox Lewis and Black Atlantic Politics: The Hard Sell,” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 33.1 (2009).

Teaching (2021-2022)

GNDS 480/3.0 Special Topics: Journeys through the Black Atlantic

GNDS 820/3.0 Special Topics: Black Atlantic Exchanges

Recent and Current Supervision

Co-supervisor, Diane Roberts, “Exile and Recovery in African and Indigenous Communities,” Interdisciplinary Studies, Concordia University. 

Co-supervisor. William Leonard Felepchuk, “Unearthing Racial Necrogeographies in Settler Colonies: The Life and Death of Burial Places in Ontario and Virginia,” Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University. 

Supervisor. Nadine Powell, “Migration, Food and belonging: Understanding Cultures through Foodways of the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada,” Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University. 

Co-supervisor, Liliane Braga. “Afrodiasporic Cinematographies: Images and Narratives Under Regimes of Orality,” Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), 2018.  


Supervisor. Ayaan Ismail, “Black Students and the World University Services of Canada Student Refugee Program,” Migration and Diaspora Studies, Carleton University. 

Co-supervisor. Jenn Ko, “Negotiating ‘Chineseness’ in Diaspora: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Memory in Hong Kong and the Greater Toronto Area, 1960-2018,” History, Carleton University, 2018.  

Supervisor. Victoria Bisnauth, “Witnessing the Violence of Modern Exile: An Examination of the Relationship Between the Image, the Spectator, and the Context of Photographs of Pain and Suffering,” Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, 2016. 


Second Reader, Valerie K. Wood, “Illustrating Adoption: The Making of Vee In Between,” Public History, Carleton University, 2021.

Second Reader, Emma Awe, “Queer Longing: A History of Gladys Bentley’s Iconography,” Public History, Carleton University, 2021. 

Second Reader, Emily Hersey, “A New Normal for Ethnography? Decolonial Instagram during COVID-19 and #BLM,” Sociology and Anthropology and Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, 2020. 
Winner of the Outstanding Graduating Student Award from CASCA, the Canadian Anthropology Society.