Dr. Minelle Mahtani

Faculty | UBC Vancouver

Dr. Mahtani is a scholar and journalist of South-Asian and Iranian Muslim descent. She is Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Justice at UBC. She is also the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty where she supports the recruitment and retention of racialized faculty. She is a former national television news journalist at the CBC and was previously a journalism and geography professor at University of Toronto and at the New School University in New York City.

Minelle also hosted a radio show at Roundhouse Radio, 98.3. Her programme was unapologetically anti-racist and feminist in its approach, focusing on the stories of systemically disadvantaged communities. The show, entitled “Sense of Place” won four awards, including a Canadian Ethnic Media Association award and a British Columbia Association of Broadcasters award for best community service reporting. She is also the author of Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality with UBC Press and one of the co-editors of Global Mixed Race. She is the winner of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Enhancing Diversity Award from the Association of American Geographers, and former President of Metropolis‑Ontario and Association for Canadian Studies. Her recent work has appeared in Rigorous, VICE, and is forthcoming in The Walrus, carte blanche and THIS! Magazine.