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 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 Colour: 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 and Stereotypes in Performance and Culture, 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 on African Canadian history and culture, African American arts, activism and aesthetics, and the realities of multiculturalism and immigration 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, McNeil is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University.