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About Daniel McNeil

Daniel McNeil is a scholar of memory and movement who joined Carleton in 2014 as a strategic hire to enhance the university’s research, teaching and program development in Migration and Diaspora Studies. 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: Structures of Feeling in the Black Atlantic, will also explore the shape and contours of a transnational cultural formation forged, in the first instance, by the transatlantic slave trade. It pays particular attention to the creative artistry, cultural criticism and politically infused acts of pleasure of a diasporic generation that came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Resisting attempts to integrate and gentrify the restless, dissident work of this cohort into generic discussions of baby boomers, or parochial accounts of a post-civil rights generation in the United States, A Tale of Two Critics explores the planetary humanism of critics who have deepened our interest in arts and culture, revealed new meanings and perspectives, and expanded our sense of Black Consciousness as/and Modern Consciousness.


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)