Minelle Mahtani

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
Advisory Committee, Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Graduate Program
Centre for South Asian Studies at the Asian Institute


Dr. Minelle Mahtani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Geography and the Program in Journalism, University of Toronto Scarborough. She is the co-editor of the book, “Global Mixed Race” (NYU Press, 2014) and the author of the forthcoming book, “Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality in Canada” (UBC Press). Dr. Mahtani is the Past President of the Association for Canadian Studies, and former Chair of Metropolis-Ontario (CERIS – Centre for Excellence on Immigration and Settlement). She is the 2012 Winner of the Glenda Laws Award from the Association of American Geographers for outstanding contributions to geography and social policy, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award winner. Dr. Mahtani is a former television news journalist with the CBC and has consulted with a variety of organizations on diversity and journalism, including Citizenship Immigration Canada, Ministry of Multiculturalism and Integration, among other groups. She is the former strategic counsel for the not-for-profit IMPACS (Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society).

research interests

Critical journalism
Representation of minorities in the media
Critical “mixed race” theory, transnationalism
Experiences of minority journalists in a variety of national contexts
Diversity initiatives in the workplace
Women of colour in geography


Ph. D University College London, (2000)

B.A. Dalhousie University, (1993)

awards and distinctions

Broadbent Fellow 2013-present
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, awarded by the Canadiam government for outstanding contributions on the study of race and journalism in Canada, 2012
Glenda Laws Award, Association of American Geographers for outstanding work as a mid-career geographer working on social justice issues, 2012
Award of Excellence, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, for outstanding contributions to an organization working in the field of race relations, 2010
Massey College Senior Fellow, named April 2010
Fellow Royal Canadian Geographical Society, 2007-present
Certificate of Excellence, Recognition of Appointment to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, UTSC, 2007
Two Teaching Citations for Excellence in Teaching, University of Toronto, 2006 and 2007
Dean’s Merit Award, 2006
Dean’s List, Dalhousie University, 1991-1993
Sociology Medal, Dalhousie University, 1993


Critical Journalism
Social Geographies
Spaces of Multiracial: Critical “Mixed Race” Theory
Feminist Geography
Planning the Multicultural City: Diversity, Policy and Practice
Geographies of the Academy
Situating Identities: Geography and Autobiography


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