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Shana Almeida

Shana Almeida
Assistant Professor
RCC 382G
(416) 979 5000 x6385

Dr. Shana Almeida is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University in Toronto Canada, specializing in politics, political communications, race and racism. Her research and teaching contributions are informed by over six years as senior political staff in the municipal government of Toronto. During her time there, Dr. Almeida spearheaded several City-wide policy initiatives in the areas of anti-racism, immigration, employment, recreation, public health, poverty, and housing.

Professor Almeida completed her Ph.D. in the School of Social Work at York University (2016). Her doctoral thesis, an exploration of how race is reproduced and organized through “diversity” discourse in the City of Toronto, provides the foundation for her book manuscript "Toronto the Good? Negotiating Race in the Diverse City" with University of Toronto Press (currently under review). This book represents a significant departure from popular understandings and depictions of diversity and the City of Toronto in that it uniquely attends to the question of what diversity does in and for the City, as a discourse and as a mechanism of power.

Professor Almeida has been invited to share her work locally and internationally, including in Toronto, Berlin, Frankfurt, London and Grahamstown, South Africa.

Research Interests

Dr. Almeida's areas of expertise include politics, political communication, race and racism, discourse, government policy, political participation, democracy, and political activism.

Publications

Dr. Almeida’s forthcoming book Toronto the Good? Negotiating Race and Belonging in the Diverse City (with University of Toronto Press) unsettles popular depictions of both diversity and the City of Toronto by attending to what diversity does for the City, in the context of historical relations of race. Initiated in a local context, Toronto the Good? critically contributes to global discussions on diversity, race, democracy, political participation, and power.

Dr. Almeida has been invited to share her work locally and internationally, including in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, Frankfurt, London and Grahamstown, South Africa.