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Deirdre McCorkindale


My primary research interest is the issue of race within Canada and the United States with an emphasis on African-American and African-Canadian history. My research currently concerns the nature of education and intelligence testing in southwestern Ontario, specifically from the mid-nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century. Under the supervision of Dr. Barrington Walker my dissertation analyzes a 1930s racial intelligence study of Kent County?s Black schoolchildren which detailed the history of nineteenth century Black education in Kent County.

Selected Publications

Conference Presentations

  • "Why Don't You Go to the States?': Studying African Canadian History in Canada." Presented at Claiming the Promise: A Retrospective on African Canadian History, Promised Land Project Symposium, Ontario, Chatham, June 14-16, 2011.
  • "Follow the North Star to 'Racial Inferiority': The Danger of a Single Story for Kent County's Black Community." Presented at "Where are you from? Reclaiming the Black Presence in Canada": Black Canadian Studies Association, Ontario, St Catherine?s, May 24-26, 2012.

In the News

Deirdre McCorkindale appointed Assistant Professor in Black Canadian History at University of Guelph

Deirdre McCorkindale (PhD candidate) has been appointed Assistant Professor in Black Canadian History at the University of Guelph. She will teach in the History department and the new Black Canadian Studies Minor program. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2022. 

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.