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About Daniel McNeil

Daniel McNeil is a scholar of memory and movement who joined Carleton in 2014 as the strategic hire in Migration and Diaspora Studies to enhance research, teaching and program development that examines the social, political, economic and cultural implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people. Before joining Carleton, McNeil held the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professorship in African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University in Chicago (2012-14), and a WISE Fellowship for the study of Slavery and Emancipation while teaching at Newcastle University and the University of Hull (2007-12).
McNeil’s research traverses national and disciplinary boundaries to examine the cultural and intellectual dimensions of the transatlantic world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His publications include Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic: Mulatto Devils and Multiracial Messiahs, which is the first volume in Routledge’s series on the African and Black Diaspora, and the first monograph to analyse the history of mixed-race self-fashioning using a transatlantic lens. Drawing on a range of sources and a diverse cast of characters – from the diaries, letters, novels and plays of femme fatales in Congo and the United States to the advertisements, dissertations, oral histories and political speeches of Black Power activists in Canada and the United Kingdom – the book provides readers with a timely rejoinder to academics, artists, journalists and politicians who misappropriate a mixed-race label in order to celebrate prophets, berate delinquents, or market “new” national icons for contemporary forms of corporate multiculturalism.
McNeil’s forthcoming book project, A Tale of Two Critics: Resistance, Dissidence and Transatlantic Exchange, provides us with a general history of a transatlantic cohort that came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as a specific history of the provocative, suggestive and explorative work developed by writers who have been hailed as the most influential intellectuals writing in the United Kingdom and the United States over the past half century.


Present Associate Professor of History, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Carleton University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Migration and Diaspora Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, Global Canadian Studies, Decolonial Studies, Cultural Criticism, Critical Race Theory, Black Atlantic Studies, and African American History post-1865

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Honors and Awards

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Award (2013 and 2014)
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett Award (2012)
  • Newcastle University Research Award (2010)
  • Teaching Award (UK Higher Education, 2007-8)
  • University of Hull Development and Alumni Grant (2008)
  • University of Toronto Fellowship and Teaching Award (2004)
  • Canadian Rhodes' Scholars Foundation Scholarship (2002)
  • Hart Prize for Modern History, Oxford University (2000)
  • Carleton University Research Award (2015)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (3)

Interviews (3)

Articles (9)

Presentations (2)