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About Daniel McNeil

Daniel McNeil is an award-winning writer and Professor whose work brings together History, Diaspora Studies, Cultural Studies, and other fields of inquiry to map the movement of people and ideas within, across, against and outside the nation-state. Following the publication of McNeil’s Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic – a book that disrupts the regimes of representation that have framed ‘mixed-race’ subjects as pathological objects and ‘post-racial’ icons – he was appointed the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Visiting Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University. This position was created to honour the crusading journalism of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and support intellectuals with a proven track record of research excellence in African and Black Diaspora Studies.
 
He joined Carleton University in 2014 as its strategic hire in Migration and Diaspora Studies and an Associate Professor in History. In 2015 and 2018, he received Research Awards from Carleton for building sustained connections across the university and its local, national, and international partners. He is currently cross-appointed with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Institute of African Studies, and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture.
 
In 2018-19, McNeil was a Visiting Professor in the Department of the Humanities and Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University in Canada. In 2019-20, he was the inaugural holder of the Public Humanities Faculty Fellowship at the University of Toronto. This Mellon-funded position is open to citizens of all countries who are tenured faculty members with a history of research achievement, the capacity to present their research across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, a demonstrated track record of bringing humanities research into the public realm for discussion, debate and examination, and a promise of continued excellence.
 
McNeil has published articles and essays in a variety of fields (including, but not limited to, Affect Studies, Afropessimism, Black Atlantic Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Critical Multiculturalism Studies, Critical Migration Studies, Film Studies, and Postcolonial Studies).  His creative nonfiction has also been published widely in leading journals of drama, literary nonfiction, and social justice.
 
He is currently completing three research projects. The first delves beneath the media headlines about a ‘migration crisis,’ Brexit, Trump and other events and spectacles that have been linked to the intensification and proliferation of stereotypes and migrants and refugees since 2015. One of its notable outputs is Migration and Stereotypes in Performances and Culture, an edited collection that equips readers with new methodologies, keywords and collaborative research tools to support critical inquiry and public-facing research in fields such as Theatre and Performance Studies,  Cultural and Migration Studies, and Applied Theatre and History.
 
The second demonstrates how multiculturalism has been configured as banal across a range of disciplines and fields of inquiry. To grapple with the intriguing mix of academic credentialism and anti-intellectualism that has confined and defined the study of immigration, multiculturalism and race relations, McNeil has coined the  term ‘shy elitism.’
 
The third examines the much maligned and misunderstood work of Black cultural critics who came of age in the break between a civil rights era and a post-civil rights era in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It pays particular attention to the language and style of writers who have been described as America’s most notorious film critic and Britain’s most influential intellectual. 
 
 
Recent and Current Supervisions
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,” Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, 2016.
 
Co-supervisor. Liliane Braga. “Afrodiasporic cinematographies: Images and narratives under regimes of orality,” Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), 2018.
 
Co-supervisor. Jenn Ko, “Negotiating Chineseness in Diaspora: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Memory in Hong Kong and the Greater Toronto Area, 1960-2018,” Department of History, Carleton University, 2018.
 
Co-supervisor. William Leonard Felepchuk, “Unearthing Racial Necrogeographies in Settler Colonies: the life and death of burial places in Ontario and Virginia,” School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University. In Progress.
 
Co-supervisor. Diane Roberts, “Exile and Recovery in African and Indigenous Communities,” Concordia University. In Progress.

Positions

Present Associate Professor of History, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Carleton University
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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)
  • Newcastle University Research Award (2010)
  • 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)
  • Carleton University Research Achievement Award (2018)


Books (2)

Contributions to Books (5)

Articles (10)

Interviews (4)