The Centre of Diaspora and Transnational Studies is proud to announce three new faculty members to our department, who will all be starting this Fall 2019.
Professor Andrea S. Allen‘s first book, Violence and Desire in Brazilian Lesbian Relationships, was published in 2015. Her research has addressed matters of race, sexuality, gender, violence, and religion in Brazil and the African diaspora. Through a focus on LGBTQ Brazilians, especially Afro-Brazilian lesbian women, her work explores the effects of marginalization from an embodied perspective.
Professor Allen will be teaching two DTS 400 courses this year: Global Female Same-Sex Sexualities and Religions of the Black Atlantic.
Professor Ted Sammons was most recently a CLTA in the department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on everyday intersections of racial formation, national sovereignty, and capitalist globalization, with particular attention to perspectives on related topics that resonate in the contemporary Caribbean.
Professor Padraic X. Scanlan joins us from the London School of Economics. He is an historian of slavery, emancipation and economic life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Professor Scanlan is also a Research Associate at the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University.
Professor Scanlan will be teaching a DTS 400 course, entitled Commodities, Capitalism and Diaspora.
Sumayya Kassamali is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2017, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Center for Humanities at Tufts University (2018-2020) and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University (2017-2018). Her current book project, Black Beirut, is an ethnography of African and Asian migrant labour in Beirut, Lebanon, and examines the experiences of primarily Ethiopian women who travel to Lebanon as domestic workers, only to flee conditions of abuse and enter the undocumented underground of the city.
Professor Kassamali will be starting at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies in July 2020.