Darcy Ballantyne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. She teaches and researches in the areas of Black studies, Black Canadian literatures and cultures, city writing, Black memoir and critical mixed race theory. Darcy has published articles in TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, MaComère: The Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, A/B Auto/Biography Studies, and The Walrus Magazine. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Canadian Literature on the topic of Black life in a post-pandemic world and working on two book-length projects, including a literary memoir.
Darcy holds a PhD in English Literature from York University, an MA in English Literature from Concordia University and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation, A Poetics of the Contemporary Black Canadian City, examines depictions of the city by Black Canadian writers within the context of plantation theory. She has taught as sessional faculty in the Black Canadian Studies Certificate Program in the Department of Humanities at York University and in the Department of English at Ryerson University.