Minelle Mahtani 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 also a former national television news journalist at the CBC and was previously a journalism and geography professor at University of Toronto. She has been hosting a radio show at Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 Vancouver for the last three years. Her show was unapologetically anti-racist and feminist in its approach, focusing on the stories of systemically disadvantaged communities. The show won four awards, including a Canadian Ethnic Media Association award for building relationships between ethnic communities and Indigenous communities, and a British Columbia Association of Broadcasters award for best community service reporting. She is the author of “Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality” with UBC Press.

Selected Publications


Journal articles and editorials

Mahtani, M., & Shafer, D. 2018. “Dialogue, discourse, disjunctures: Building critically affirmative politics in radio.” Dialogues in Human Geography 8(2) 156-159.

Mahtani, Minelle. 2017. “Telling Stories: University of Toronto Scholar Discovers New Role as Radio Host” Academic Matters Spring. 10-12.

Mahtani, Minelle. 2016. “Covering Immigration: Review of Rodney Benson’s “Representing Immigration” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 741-746.

*Mahtani, Minelle. 2014. “Toxic Geographies: Absences in Critical Race Thought and Practice in Social and Cultural Geography” Social and Cultural Geography 15(4) 359-367.


Books and edited collections

Mahtani, Minelle. 2014. Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.

O’Riain King, Rebecca, Paul Spickard, Miri Song, Minelle Mahtani and Stephen Small (eds). 2014. Global Mixed Race. New York: NYU Press. (co-edited)


Book chapters

Mahtani, Minelle, Danielle Kwan- Lafond and Leanne Taylor. 2014. “Exporting Multiculturalism: Mixed Race Identity and the Commodification of Multiracialism” in O’Riain, Rebecca King, Paul Spickard, Miri Song, Minelle Mahtani and Stephen Small (eds). Global Mixed Race. New York: NYU Press. Pp. 145-167.

Mahtani, Minelle and David Roberts. 2012. “Afterword: the Future of Asian Canadian Studies” in Coloma, Roland et al. (eds). Spectres of Invisibility: Philipina/Canadian Studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pp. 213-226.