Shana Almeida is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University. Her research and teaching contributions are informed by over six years of work experience in the municipal government of Toronto, as Special Advisor to Toronto City Councillor Olivia Chow, and as Chief of Staff to Toronto City Councillor Gord Perks. During her time at the City, Professor Almeida spearheaded several City-wide policy initiatives in the areas of anti-racism, immigration, employment, recreation, public health, civic engagement, poverty and housing.
Professor Almeida completed her Ph.D. in the School of Social Work at York University (2016). Her doctoral thesis, an exploration of how race is reproduced and organized through “diversity” discourse in the City of Toronto, provides the foundation for her forthcoming book Toronto the Good? Negotiating Race and Belonging in the Diverse City, with University of Toronto Press.This book represents a significant departure from popular understandings and depictions of diversity and the City of Toronto in that it uniquely attends to the question of what diversity does in and for the City, as a discourse and as a mechanism of power.
Professor Almeida has been invited to share her work locally and internationally, including in Toronto, Berlin, Frankfurt, London and Grahamstown, South Africa.