OmiSoore Dryden, PhD
Associate Professor, James R. Johnston (JRJ) Chair in Black Canadian Studies
- Black Canadian Studies
- Black Health Equity
- Anti-black racism and Health Outcomes
- Blood Donation Systems
- HIV & AIDS
- Medical Education and Health Humanities
- Black Feminist/Black Queer Diasporic Analytics
- PhD (OISE/University of Toronto)
- MA (York University)
- BA (York University)
Dr. Dryden is the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. Dryden is an interdisciplinary scholar whose scholarship and research is situated in Black Canadian Thought, specifically Black queer diasporic analytics. She is a Researcher-In-Residence and a member of the African, Caribbean, and Black Program Science Scholars Lab, at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. Dryden is also a member of the Black Feminist Health Science Studies International Research Group. Dr. Dryden is the co-editor of Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging (UBC Press) and has published a number of peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, research interests focus on the experiences Black people (women, men, girls, boys, LGBTQ folks) have within medical and health systems. Recently, Dryden examines the symbolics of blood and the “social life” of blood donation. Engaging with Black queer diasporic analytics, health and medical humanities, and Black feminist science studies, Dryden’s research interrogates the narratives about life, health, illness, and belonging that are embedded in the systems and tools of blood donation, including screening questionnaires. Dryden is the Principal Investigator of a two-year research project that seeks to identify the barriers African/Black gay, bisexual, and trans men encounter to donating blood in Canada. Funded by the Canadian Blood Services’ MSM Research Grant Program, #GotBlood2Give / #DuSangeÀDonner analyzes how anti-black racism, colonialism, and sexual exceptionalism shapes the blood system in Canada.
- Dryden, OmiSoore. 2018. Má-ka Juk Yuh: A Genealogy of Black Queer Liveability in Toronto. in Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto. Eds. Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, Syrus Marcus Ware, with Rio Rodriguez. University of Toronto Press. Pp. 62-83.
- Dryden, OmiSoore and Suzanne Lenon. 2016. Unpacking Inclusion and Building Queere(er) Alliances. Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action. No. 18. pp. 34-46.
- Dryden, OmiSoore and Suzanne Lenon, Eds. 2015. Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. University of British Columbia Press. 208 pp.
- Suzanne Lenon and OmiSoore Dryden. 2015. “Introduction: Interventions, Iterations, Interrogations: Disturbing the (Homo)Nation”. In Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. University of British Columbia Pres. pp. 3-18.
- Dryden, OmiSoore. 2015. ‘A Queer Too Far’: Blackness, Gay Blood and Transgressive Possibilities.” In
- Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. University British Columbia Press. pp. 116-132.
Selected awards & honours
- Researcher-In-Residence, Ontario HIV Treatment Network (2017-2019)
- Visiting Scholar, Ryerson University (2017-2018)
Service & activity
Black Feminist Health Science Studies Research Group
Black Technoscience “Here”: Technoscience Research Salon, University of Toronto, 2018-2019