Deirdre McCorkindale | College of Arts

Deirdre McCorkindale

Assistant Professor
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ex. 56569
1001 Mackinnon Extension


Ph.D., Queen's University, ABD
M.A., University of Western Ontario, 2012
B.A., University of Western Ontario, 2011


Assistant Professor, Department of History, 2022-present


Black settlement in Southwestern Ontario
Jim Crow era in United States and Canada
Scientific racism / White supremacy in North America
Underground Railroad / Black activism in North America
American Slavery and Abolition Movements
Black education
History of African American humour
Oral history

Current Research Projects

       Dissertation: “What Colour is Intelligence?: Kent County and the Tanser Study”


   Book Chapters

“Black Education: The Complexity of Segregation in Kent County’s Nineteenth-Century Schools.” In Unsettling the Great White North: African Canadian History, edited by Michele A. Johnson and Funké Aladejebi. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022, 333-56.


“Review of North to Bondage: Loyalist Slavery in the Maritimes by Harvey Amani Whitfield.” University of Toronto Quarterly 87, no. 3 (2018): 334-35.

“Review of Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Graham Reynolds.” Journal of Critical Race Inquiry 4, no. 1 (2017): 74-77.

   Comments / Blog Posts

“Race and Racism at Canadian Universities: Review of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities by Frances Henry et al.” Black Perspectives African American Intellectual History Society blog, April 30, 2018.

   Media / Interviews

School to Prison Pipeline. Interviewed by Moses Latigo Odida. Kigaana Productions, forthcoming.

Seeing Canada. “Black History in Southern Ontario.” Interviewed by Brandy Yanchyk. Brandy Yanchyk Productions, June 23, 2022.

Crossroads: Buxton. By Jennifer Gillespie. Alibi Entertainment Documentary Series for TVO, July 15, 2022.

Why We Protest: Race in Canada. Interviewed by Moses Latigo Odida. Kigaana Productions, forthcoming.

The North Star: Finding Black Mecca. Interviewed by Torrin Blades and Angel Panag, 2021.