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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.

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.