Andrea Davis 
Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto.
Education:  Ph.D.

Dr. Andrea Davis is the former director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and an associate professor in the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto. She teaches courses in literatures and cultures of the Americas and has published widely on black women’s fictional writing and constructions of gender and sexuality.

She is also interested in questions of engaged multicultural citizenship, in particular, the role of minority youth and women in reconstituting national identities. Her current research partnership, “Youth and Community Development in Canada and Jamaica: A Transnational Approach to Youth Violence,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) builds on this research priority.

The partnership, which brings together researchers from five Canadian universities and the University of the West Indies (Mona), as well as Jamaican and Canadian community partners to explore the role of the arts as an intervention into youth violence, was identified for its research excellence by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and profiled in 2012-2013 in COU’s Research Matters Campaign.

Jamaica in the Canadian Experience (Fernwood)