Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani
Associate Professor
Human Geography and Journalism
(416) 287-7302


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 forthcoming 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: 

  • Diversity initiatives as a mechanism of neoliberal governance
  • Anti-colonial approaches in critical geography
  • Global mixed race theory
  • Critical race theory
  • Race and representation
  • Geography and autobiography
  • Structural and systemic racism as experienced among academics of colour
  • Challenging the temporality and anti-Indigenous and anti-Black thought in critical mixed race theory

Awards and Grants: 

  • Glenda Laws Award, Association of American Geographers
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award
  • Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society


Mahtani, M. (2014). Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality in Canada. Vancouver, UBC Press.
Mahtani, M., Kwan-Lafond, D. & Taylor, L. (2014). Exporting Multiculturalism: Mixed Race Identity and the Commodification of Multiracialism in O’Riain, R., King, R., Spickard, P., Song, M., Mahtani, M. & Small, S. (eds.), Global Mixed Race. New York: NYU Press. 

Mahtani, M. (2014). Toxic geographies: Absences in critical race thought and practice in social and cultural geography. Social & Cultural Geography, 15 (4), 359-367. 

Mahtani, M., King, R., Small, S., Spickard, P. & Song, M. (2014). Global Mixed Race. New York: NYU Press.
Mahtani, M. (2013). The Geneologies of Racial Difference at Canadian Universities. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 44 (2), 153-160.
LaFlamme, M. & and Mahtani, M. (2013). “Mixed Messages” Asian-American Literary Review. Fall.

Mahtani, M. (2012). Not the Same Difference: Notes on Mixed-Race Methodologies in Edwards, R., Ali, S., Caballero, C. &  Song, M. (eds). International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing. London: Routledge. pp. 156-169.

Mahtani, M. & Roberts, D. (2012). Afterword: the Future of Asian Canadian Studies in Coloma, R. et al. (eds). Spectres of Invisiblity: Philipina/Canadian Studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.  

Roberts, D. & Mahtani, M. (2010). Neoliberalizing Race, Racing Neoliberalism: Representations of Immigration in the Globe and Mail. Antipode42 (2), 248-257
Mahtani, M. (2009). Critiquing the Critiques About Media And Minority Research In Canada. Canadian Journal of Communication, 34(4), 715-719.
Mahtani, M. (2009). The Racialized Geographies of News Consumption and Production: Contaminated Memories and Racialized Silences. GeoJournal: An International Journal on Geography, 74 (3), 257-264.

Mahtani, M. (2008). Racializing the Audience: Immigrant Perceptions of Mainstream Canadian English Language TV News. Canadian Journal of Communication, 33 (4), 639-661.
Mahtani, M. (2007). Spatializing Storytelling: Contemporary Post-Binary Geographies of News Discourse. Aether: A Journal of Media Geography, 1(1), 31-33.
Mahtani, M. (2006). Challenging the Ivory Tower: Proposing Anti-Racist Geographies in the Academy. Gender, Place and Culture, 13(1), 21-25.
Mahtani, M. (2004). Mapping Gender and Race in the Academy: The Experiences of Women of Color Faculty and Graduate Students in Britain, the US and Canada. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 28(1), 91-99.
Mahtani, M. (2002). What’s in a Name? Exploring the Employment of “Mixed Race” as an Ethno-Racial Identification. Ethnicities, 2(4), 469-490.
Mahtani, M. (2002). Tricking the Border Guards: Performing Race. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 20, 425-440.
Mahtani, M. (2002). Interrogating the Hyphen-Nation: Canadian Multicultural Policy and “Mixed Race” Identities. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 8(1), 67-90.
Mahtani, M. (2002). Women Graduate Students of Colour in Geography: Increased Ethnic and Racial Diversity, or Maintenance of the Status Quo? Great Lakes Geographer, 9 (1), 11- 18.
Mahtani, M. (2001). Representing Minorities: Canadian Media and Minority Identities. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 33 (3), 99-134.
Mahtani, M. (2001). Racial ReMappings: The Potential of Paradoxical Space. Gender, Place and Culture, 8(3), 299-305.
Dunn, K. & Mahtani, M. (2000). Media Representations of Ethnic Minorities under Australian and Canadian Multiculturalisms. Progress and Planning, 55(3), 119-172. 


Board member of the following organizations: 

  • Canadian Ethnic Media Association
  • Association for Canadian Studies
  • The Diversity Committee of the Association of American Geographers (Chair)
  • Royal Canadian Geographical Society (Fellow)


B.A. (Dalhousie) Honours Degree in Social Anthropology
Ph.D. (University College London) Geography
Killam postdoctoral fellowship (UBC) Geography and Journalism