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Dr. Hyacinth M. Simpson

Associate Professor
EducationBA Honours and MPhil (West Indies-Mona); PhD (York)


Hyacinth Simpson’s research in the areas of Caribbean, postcolonial, and diaspora studies has led to her organizing several events that allow her to bring the results of her academic work into the community. Out of the SSHRC-funded Caribbean Migrations: Negotiating Borders international conference (2005) which she hosted at Ryerson she has published articles on Caribbean migrant communities in, among other journals, Interventions and Wasafiri. The CD titled Kamau Brathwaite’s Middle Passages (Sandberry Press, 2006) is the first in a series of audio-visual resources on Caribbean writers which she is producing for senior high school and undergraduate classrooms. Alongside publishing book chapters, as well as articles and reviews in journals such as Callaloo, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Journal of Caribbean Studies, ARIEL, Journal of Caribbean Literatures and Postcolonial Studies, she has developed a digital project on Caribbean poetry. Titled Olive Senior’s Gardening in the Tropics, this extensive online project provides peer-reviewed commentaries, bibliographic resources, and other material for teachers and students of Caribbean poetry. Dr. Simpson also does extensive editorial work, including serving for the past nine years as Editor of MaComère, an award-winning journal that publishes research on Caribbean women, and guest editing a special issue of the Journal of West Indian Literatures on the Caribbean Short Story. She is currently working on a monograph on the Caribbean short story, work she began in 2010 as a Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and completing a scholarly edition of three plays by a Caribbean-Canadian author. Dr. Simpson’s passion for teaching was recognized with a Faculty of Arts Teaching award; and her graduate students have published in a number of journals, including Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Anthurium, MaComère, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. 

Research Interests:

Caribbean and postcolonial literatures; migration, diaspora, and transnational studies; short fiction studies; orality.

Graduate supervision mainly in the following areas:

  • migration, diaspora, immigration, identities 
  • non-Western literatures and cultural productions of the 18th and 19th centuries 
  • contemporary international English literatures (particularly Caribbean and South Asian)