Richard Douglass-Chin is an associate professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor in Ontario. He holds a PhD in English from McMaster University (1999) as well as Walls to Bridges accreditation (2018) which allows him to facilitate for-credit courses taught to classes comprised of both incarcerated and non-incarcerated university students in a correctional setting. His monograph Preacher Woman Sings the Blues (2001) examines the ways in which 20th and 21st century African American novelists such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Zora Neale Hurston draw upon a long history of Black women’s resistance to fashion writing that is innovative and deeply rooted in a womanist literary framework and world view. His most recent writing, in collaboration with economists Imran Abdool and Kal Juman, addresses class, global markets, and 21st century economic directions. He is also a specialist in the writing of Caribbean Canadian poet and critic NourbeSe Philip. He is currently completing a novel titled Qi (Mandarin for Breath, Spirit, Rage) about the ramifications of colonialism, imperialism, the rise of populism, abjection, and terrorism in the 21st century. Dr. Douglass-Chin is trained in both literature and women’s and gender studies; he approaches women’s and gender studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that emphasizes the dynamics of knowledge-creation, narrative, power, oppression, and self-realization.
Throughout his courses, Dr. Douglass-Chin encourages students to be aware of their subject position in the world as they engage each other and society with thoughtfulness, generosity, and respect. Only in this way are we able to identify oppressive structures and work to transform them so that we all may thrive. His courses investigate the historical production of gender and race as concepts, violence against women and racialized peoples, and womanist/feminist approaches to truth and knowing. The assignments in Dr. Douglass-Chin’s classes emphasize reading, discussion, media analysis, and applying what is learned to your everyday life.
Classes Regularly Taught
WGST-2100: Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice
Guest Facilitator on Trans Male Identities
Tough Guys, 2018 W2B course offered by Dr. Cara Fabre at South West Detention Centre in Windsor, Ontario.
Richard Douglass-Chin, Imran Abdool, Kal Juman, “We Need to Steer Lower-Income Canadians Toward Capital Markets,” Globe and Mail, June 24, 2018.
Richard Douglass-Chin, Imran Abdool, Kal Juman, “Look to the Commonwealth to Diversify Trade,” Policy Options: The Public Forum for the Public Good, February 2018. Online.
Richard Douglass-Chin, Imran Abdool, Kal Juman. “Companies must strike a balance between automation and brand experience,” Globe and Mail, June 29, 2017.
“Madness and Translation of the Bones as Text in NourbeSe Philip’s Zong,” in Aesthetics of Resistance: Madness in Black Women's Fictions, eds. Caroline Brown & Johanna Garvey, Palgrave Macmillain, 2017.
“Blood Guitar,” African American Review, 2015.