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Washington State University
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Immigration, culture, Caribbean, African Diaspora, Canada, identity, popular culture, migration, diaspora, Jamaica, African American, music, business history, transnational studies, blackness, food, digital humanities, mapping, migration, Black Atlantic, Atlantic World, modern US, cultural studies, empire, 20th century, women's history
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Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, 2021

Dr. Marlene Gaynair is a social and cultural historian of the modern Black Atlantic, with specialization in the United States, Canada, and Anglo Caribbean during the long twentieth century. Her research interests cover popular culture, identities, diasporas, public memory, immigration, transnational studies, cultural studies, business studies, and urban histories and spaces.

She is also the architect of “Islands in the North,” an ongoing, interactive, curated digital exhibit (re) creating Black cultural and spatial identities in Toronto. She continues to engage in digital histories and humanities as a way to explore other dimensions of historical scholarship and public engagement.

She is currently working on her book project, which is a comparative transnational study of Jamaicans in Toronto and New York City during the twentieth century.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Canada, the United States, Jamaica
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Economic History, Food History, Gender, Government, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Public History, Race, Sports, Urban History, Women