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About Daniel McNeil

Daniel McNeil taught Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Hull and Newcastle University, and served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, before joining Carleton in 2014 as a strategic hire to enhance the university’s research, program development and teaching in Migration and Diaspora Studies. As chair of the Migration and Diaspora Studies Steering Committee, he was a recipient of a Carleton University Research Award in 2015 for building sustained connections across the university that have encouraged knowledge dissemination about the social, cultural, economic and political implications of the movement and transnational settlement of people.

McNeil’s award-winning book on Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic: Mulatto Devils and Multiracial Messiahs is the first volume in Routledge’s series on the African and Black Diaspora, and disrupts regimes of representation that frame “mixed-race” subjects as pathological objects or “new” national icons for the twenty-first century. His recent publications include chapters in Film Criticism in the Digital Age, American Shame: Stigma and the Body Politic and Slavery, Memory, Citizenship.
His current research continues to demonstrate the suggestive, provocative and explorative work of diasporic and dissident subjects who are in, but not always of, the global North. His forthcoming books include Critics of Color: Resistance, Dissidence, Late Style, which maps the journeys of intellectual discovery taken by America’s most notorious film critic and Britain’s most influential intellectual, and Migration/Representation/Stereotypes, a SSHRC-funded project that brings together interdisciplinary approaches in Cultural Studies, Critical Migration Studies and Performance Studies to reveal the politics and poetics of contemporary identities that work within, across and against the nation-state. He is also a contributor to upcoming collections that will unsettle dominant narratives of Canadian history and culture, African American arts, activism and aesthetics, and Francophone immigration discourse in Europe and North America. In recognition of his recent and ongoing research projects, he received a 2018 Research Achievement Award from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International). During his sabbatical in 2018-19, he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University.

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.

Co-supervisor. Sarah Otto, “A Black Castle, Vertically and Horizontally,” Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University. In Progress.


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

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 (3)

Articles (10)

Interviews (4)

Video (1)

Presentations (1)