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New faculty member in Arts: Dr. Kerry Sinanan

Mon. Oct. 30, 2023

Congratulations to our new faculty members in the Faculty of Arts! We look forward to introducing each of them to you in the coming weeks.

Here we feature Dr. Kerry Sinanan, Assistant Professor in the English Department.

Dr. Kerry Sinanan
"Dr. Sinanan is an incisive, prolific, and superlative scholar, deeply committed to critical race theory and social justice," states Dr. Tracy Whalen, Acting Dean of Arts.

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Dr. Tracy Whalen, Acting Dean of Arts, is pleased to introduce Dr. Kerry Sinanan to the University community. "Dr. Sinanan is an incisive, prolific, and superlative scholar, deeply committed to critical race theory and social justice. I've seen already how this commitment informs her research, teaching, and advocacy. The department of English and the University of Winnipeg are incredibly fortunate to have her join us."

Welcome Dr. Sinanan and thank you for sharing about yourself with us.

Dr. Sinanan (Bio)

Kerry Sinanan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English who specializes in the literature and culture of the long 18thc with a focus on slavery, race, empire and the spaces of the Black Atlantic. She has been educated in Trinidad and Ireland, and has taught in British, Irish and US universities, most recently in San Antonio, Texas where she learned much about the Borderlands culture and history. While in Texas Dr Sinanan organized for academic and educational freedom, resisting the whitewashing of history, and she brings these commitments to the University of Winnipeg. Her current work is on a new Broadview edition of the story of Mary Prince who transmitted her autobiography to the Anti-Slavery society in England in 1831 and who fought to be freed from enslavement so that she could return home to Antigua and her family there. Dr Sinanan is also completing a monograph on the journals, letters and diaries of British enslavers to unmask the complicity of white supremacy with Enlightenment ideals. She has published widely on transatlantic slavery and colonial legacies of the Caribbean. As a Canadian born, she is excited to discover some of the beauties of Manitoba, including the Northern Lights. She looks forward to learning from and being in solidarity with Indigenous communities fighting for social justice in Winnipeg. Already, she is happy to be teaching so many international students from all over the world, here at the University of Winnipeg and hopes to teach more Global literature.