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 Rinaldo 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.
Rinaldo Walcott is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003); he is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000); Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies (Insomniac, 2016). With Idil Abdillahi, BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom (ARP Books, 2019). As well Rinaldo is 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). He co-edits Topia: The Journal of Canadian Cultural Studies.
As an interdisciplinary Black Studies scholar Rinaldo has published in a wide range of venues. His articles have appeared in journals and books, as well as popular venues like newspapers, magazines and online venues, as well as other forms of media. He has two books forthcoming: The Long Emancipation: Moving Towards Black Freedom Duke University Press in 2021; and “There is no mystery about what is taking place in our society”: On Black Resistance, Property and the Future of Abolition (Biblioasis, 2021).
with the SARChI Chair in Social Change, University of Fort Hare (UFH), and the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), University of Minnesota (UM) and The Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto (UT).
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