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Rosalind Hampton

Rosalind Hampton
Assistant Professor

phone: (416) 978-0435

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

I conduct and supervise research that uses methods of critical ethnography, institutional ethnography and political activist ethnography, as well as participatory and arts-informed processes.
I am most interested in research that involves members of racialized and activist communities and that centres anticolonial, anticapitalist critique, Black radical thought, and creative practice. My recent and current areas of research include racialized social relations in Canadian higher education; racial literacy in teacher education; Black radical thought, arts, critical-creative practice; student activism in Canada; and Black Studies at Canadian universities.

Academic History

Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018), Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
PhD (2016), Educational Studies, McGill University
MA (2011), Art Education, Concordia University
BFA (2002), Art History, Concordia University

Teaching Overview

Black Radical Thinkers and Artists
Race, Blackness and Education
Black Studies and the University
Black Women's Autobiography, Autoethnography and Counterstorytelling

Representative Publications


Hampton, R. (2020). Black Racialization and Resistance at an Elite University. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Hampton, R. and Hartman, M. (2019). Whose values; who’s valued? Race and racialization in Québec. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry 6(1), 1-31. DOI:

Hampton, R. (2019). By all appearances: Thoughts on colonialism, visuality and racial neoliberalism. D. DaCosta & A. DaCosta (Eds.), Special issue: Crucibles of creativity: Reimagining relations under multiple colonialisms. Cultural Studies 33(3), 370-390.

Hampton, R. and DeMartini, A. (2017). We cannot call back colonial stories: Storytelling and critical land literacy. Canadian Journal of Education 40(3), 245-271.

Palacios, L., Hampton, R., Ferrer, I., Moses, E., and Lee, E. (2013). Learning in social action: Students of color and the Québec student movement.  Journal of Curriculum Theorizing 29(2), 6-25

Hampton, R., DARE, HYKE and JUICE (2013).  ­Graffiti and Art Education: They don’t understand how I feel about the FUNK. Art Education 66(5), 49-53.

Hampton, R. and Desjourdy, R. (2013).  Visible on our own terms: Evoking girlhood self-images through photographic self-study.  Girlhood Studies 6(1), 78-97.

Hampton, R. (2010). Black learners in Canada. Race and Class 52(1), 103-110. Republished in M. Webber & K. Bezanson (Eds.), Rethinking society in the 21st century: Critical readings in sociology, third edition (pp. 393-400). Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.


Book Chapters

Hampton, R. (2020). Nous who? Racialization and Québec student movement politics. In A.A. Choudry and S. Vally (Eds.) The university and social justice: Struggles across the globe. London, UK: Pluto Press.

Hampton, R. (2020). Assembling radical Black futurity. In Q. Vercetty and A. Hudson (Eds.), Cosmic underground northside: An incantation of Black Canadian speculative discourse and innerstandings. San Francisco: Cedar Grove Publishing.

Hampton, R. and Rochat, D. (2019). To commit and to lead: Black women organizing across communities in Montreal. In T. Kitossa, P. Howard and E. Lawson (Eds.), African Canadian leadership: Continuity, transition and transformation (pp. 149-169). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Hampton, R. and Hartman, M. (2017). Towards language and resistance: A breaking manifesto. In L. Stone and J. Bahbak Mohaghegh (Eds.) Manifestos for world thought (pp. 115-128). London: Rowman and Littlefield International


Research Grants and Contracts

(2019-2021) SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator.
Coalition Building by and with Black Students at Canadian Univerities from 1960-2000.

(2019-2021) Connaught New Researcher Award, Principal Investigator.
Plotting Black Studies in Canada.

(2016-2018) Fonds de recherche du Qubec - Socit et culture, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Principal Investigator.
Critical Literacies in Canadian Teacher Education: A Critical Ethnography of Teacher Candidates' Experiences within an Urban Education Community

Professional Activities

Director, National Black Graduate Network (NBGN)
A research network for Black graduate students and students of Black Studies in Canada.

Co-President, Black Canadian Studies Association (June 2019-)