Rinaldo Walcott

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Rinaldo Walcott
Born1965 (age 56–57)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
ThesisPerforming the Postmodern: Black Atlantic Rap and Identity in North America (1995)
Academic work
DisciplineCultural studies

Rinaldo Wayne Walcott (born 1965) is a Canadian academic and writer. He wrote in 2021 "I was born in the Caribbean Barbados and have lived most of my life in Canada, specifically Toronto."[1] Currently, he is an associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. He is also affiliated with the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.[2] Walcott was formerly an assistant professor at York University.[3] From 2002 to 2007, he was the Canada Research Chair of Social Justice and Cultural Studies.[4]

Walcott's work focuses on Black studies, Canadian studies, cultural studies, queer theory, gender studies, and diaspora studies. He is out as queer.[5]


Walcott published Black Like Who? in 1997, coming out of research related to his PhD studies which focused on, in Walcott's own words, "questions of popular culture and exploring how rap music in the early 1990s was emerging as an important social and political force across North America".[6] The collection of essays in Black Like Who? expand this inquiry into areas such as poetry, literature, diasporic studies, film criticism and other discussions central to issues surrounding Black space, place, and landscape in Canada.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 2021, The Long Emancipation: Moving toward Black Freedom (Durham, NC: Duke University Press)
  • 2021, On Property (Windsor, Ontario: Biblioasis).
  • 2019, BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom with Idil Abdillahi (Winnipeg: ARP Books).
  • 2016, Queer Returns: Essays On Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies (Toronto: Insomniac Press).
  • 2003, Black Like Who?: Writing Black Canada (Toronto: Insomniac Press). [Second Revised Edition]
  • 2000, Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism [editor] (Toronto: Insomniac Press).
  • 1997, Black Like Who?: Writing Black Canada (Toronto: Insomniac Press).


  1. ^ On Property (Biblioasis, 2021); 'Toronto Star, 6 Feb. 2021; and Library of Congress Authorities file.
  2. ^ "Affiliated Faculty". 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ Walcott, R. (2000), "At The Full and Change of Canlit: An Interview with Dionne Brand", Canadian Women’s Studies, 20, 2, pp. 22–26.
  4. ^ "SJE :: Social Justice Education at OISE".
  5. ^ "Pride has divorced blackness from queerness: Cole". Toronto Star, July 7, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Althea Blackburn-Evans, "The Cultural Explorer: Rinaldo Walcott seeks new definitions of Canadian culture", Edge, Fall 2003, Vol. 4, No. 2.