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Academic Writing


refereed Journal Articles

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and Creolization: The Material and Visual Culture of Archival Memory.” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. Published online June 19, 2019. DOI:10.1080/17528631.2019.1611325.

“Locating ‘Dixie’ in Newspaper Discourse and Theatrical Performance in Toronto, 1880s to 1920s.” Canadian Review of American Studies 49.2 (Summer, 2019): 205-25. DOI:10.3138/cras.2017.032.

“I’s in Town, Honey’: Reading Aunt Jemima Advertising in Canadian Print Media, 1919 to 1962.” Journal of Canadian Studies 49.1 (Winter, 2015): 205–37. DOI:10.3138/jcs.49.1.205.

“Cultivating Narratives of Race, Faith, and Community: The Dawn of Tomorrow, 1923–1971.” Canadian Journal of History 50.1 (2015): 30–67.

“Neoliberalism, Soul Food, and the Weight of Black Women.” Feminist Media Studies 15.5 (2015): 794–812. DOI:10.1080/14680777.2014.1003390.

“Black Women and Hair as a Matter of Being.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 38.8 (2009): 831–856. DOI:10.1080/00497870903238463.

book chapters

“An Intersectional Analysis of Controlling Images and Neoliberal Meritocracy on Scandal and Empire.” In Neoliberalism and the U.S. Media. Marian Joanne Meyers, (Ed.), pp. 176-91. New York: Routledge, 2019.

“My Ten-Year Dreadlock Journey: Why I Love the ‘kink’ in My Hair… Today.” In Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, and Transformations. Samantha Kwan and Chris Bobel, (Eds.), pp. 54-55. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2019.

“Remembering Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” In The Ward Uncovered: The Archeology of Everyday Life. Michael McClelland, Holly Martelle, Tatum Taylor and John Lorinc, (Eds.), pp. 156-162. Toronto: Coach House Books/Alana Wilcox, 2018.

“The New Afro in a Postfeminist Media Culture: Rachel Dolezal, Beyoncé’s ‘Formation,’ and the Politics of Choice.” In Emergent Feminisms: Challenging a Post-Feminist Media Culture. Jessalynn Keller and Maureen Ryan, (Eds.), pp. 161-175. New York: Routledge, 2018.

“Come One, Come All’: Blackface Minstrelsy as a Canadian Tradition and Early Form of Popular Culture.” In Towards an African-Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, and Resistance. Charmaine Nelson, (Ed.). Concord, Ontario: Captus Press, 2018.

non-refereed Journal Articles

“Rethinking the Archive in the Public Sphere.” Roundtable on History for Non-Historians, Canadian Journal of History / Annales canadiennes d’histoire 54 (1-2), 32-8, 2019.

“Searching for Black Voices in Canada’s Archives: The Invisibility of a ‘Visible’ Minority.” PUBLIC: Art/Culture/Ideas, Special Issue on Archive/Anarchive/Counter-Archive. May Chew (Ed.), 29 (57), 88-95. Toronto: York University, 2018.

“Contesting the Aunt Jemima Trademark through Feminist Art: Why is she still smiling?” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, 31 (2013): 65–72.

“The Visual Culture of Slavery in 18th-Century Halifax: ‘Just Imported…Both Ran Away.’” Genre: A Thematic Journal for Comparative Literature and Classics, Visual Studies. California State University, Long Beach, 31 (2011): 95–135.

Thompson, Cheryl. “Black Women and Identity: What’s Hair Got to Do With It?” Michigan Feminist Studies, 22 (2009): 78–90. Access online at:

forthcoming publications 

Co-authored with Julie Crooks. (2020). “Race, Community, and the Picturing of Identities: Photography and the Black Subject in Ontario, 1860 to 1900.” In Unsettling the Great White North: African Canadian History. Michele A. Johnson and Funké Aladejebi, Eds. Toronto: Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas.

“Representing Misogynoir in Canadian News Media: From BLMTO to Marci Ien.” (2020). In Women in Popular Culture in Canada. Laine Zisman Newman, Ed. Toronto: Canadian Scholar / Women’s Press.

Book Reviews

(Winter, 2018). The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press: Claude Barnett's Pan-African News and the Jim Crow Paradox by Gerald Horne in Canadian Journal of History 53 (3), 576-578. Published online December 17, 2018, https://doi.org/10.3138/cjh.ach.53.3.br31.

(Spring– Summer/printemps–été 2017). Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson in Canadian Journal of History 52 (1), 145-147. Published online March 27, 2017, https://doi.org/10.3138/cjh.ach.52.1.rev19.

(Dec., 2016). Black Women’s Portrayals on Reality Television: The New Sapphire, edited by Donnetrice C. Allison in Journal of Communication, 66, E5–E7. Published December 19, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12263.

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