Rinaldo Walcott is an interdisciplinary black studies scholar whose work is widely published in journals, books, newspapers and magazines.
Radio, television and print media across Canada seek him out to get his critical analysis of matters pertaining to black cultural life.
Dr. Walcott is an associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto and the director of Women and Gender Studies Institute. He is a member of the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE, as well as the Graduate Program in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto.
His teaching and research is in the area of black diaspora cultural studies and postcolonial studies with an emphasis on questions of sexuality, gender, nation, citizenship and multiculturalism.
From 2002-2007, Professor Walcott held the Canada Research Chair of Social Justice and Cultural Studies where his research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Innovation Trust.
He was the senior research fellow at the Warfield Center for African American Studies and the Department of African Diaspora and African Studies at the University of Texas at Austin from January to June in 2010.
Before going to OISE, Dr. Walcott was associate professor in the Division of Humanities at York University.
While there, he was the Graduate Program director of Interdisciplinary Studies, a member of the executive of York University Faculty Association, as well as the director of affirmative action for tenure stream appointments.
The public intellectual is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada,
published by Insomniac Press in 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003. He is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism also published by Insomniac in 2000.
These two editions are credited with opening up the question of Black Canadian Studies beyond the field of history.
Professor Walcott is also the co-editor with Roy Moodley of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2010).
Additionally, he is co-editor with Dina Georgis and Katherine McKittrick of No Language Is Neutral: Essays on Dionne Brand in Topia: The Journal of Canadian Cultural Studies.
His new book, Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies, will be published shortly.
Currently, he is completing another book, The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards (Black) Freedom, An Essay.
Walcott, who is from Barbados, received his PhD from OISE of the University of Toronto in 1996.