Karen Flynn

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Karen Flynn is an Associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of African-American Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. in Women's Studies from York University, Toronto, Ontario, in 2003. Her research interests include migration and travel, Black Canada, health, popular culture, feminist, Diasporic and post-colonial studies. Dr. Flynn’s book: Moving Beyond Borders: Black Canadian and Caribbean women in the African Canadian Diaspora published by University of Toronto won the Lavinia L. Dock Award from the American Association of the History of Nursing. She is currently working on a second book project that maps the travel itineraries of young Black EFL teachers across borders.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Flynn has published numerous editorials in Share, Canada's largest ethnic newspaper, which serves the Black & Caribbean communities in the Greater Metropolitan Toronto area. area. Dr. Flynn has had oped articles in Now Magazine, the Toronto Star, and Rabble.ca. She was also a free-lance writer for Canada Extra, and most recently for Swaymag.ca where she wrote passionately about contemporary issues considering issues of race, gender, class, sexuality, age, and nation. Dr. Flynn was recently a Dean’s Fellowfor the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), a program geared towards strengthening and expanding the cadre of leaders in the College. In 2015, Dr. Flynn was selected as the Conrad Humanities Fellow for LAS for excellence in scholarship.

Research Interests

Migration and travel, Black Canada, health, popular culture, feminist, Diasporic and post-colonial studies.

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Research Output

In Search of Zora/When Metadata Isn’t Enough: Rescuing the Experiences of Black Women Through Statistical Modeling

Brown, N. M., Mendenhall, R., Black, M., Moer, M. V., Flynn, K., McKee, M., Zerai, A., Lourentzou, I. & Zhai, C. X., Oct 8 2019, In : Journal of Library Metadata. 19, 3-4, p. 141-162 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Writing black canadian women's history: Where we have been and where we are going

    Flynn, K. & Fladejebi, F., Jan 1 2019, Reading Canadian Women's and Gender History. University of Toronto press, p. 63-89 27 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Experience and identity: Black immigrant nurses to Canada, 1950-1980

    Flynn, K., Jan 1 2016, Sisters or Strangers?: Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History. Epp, M. & Iacovetta, F. (eds.). 2 ed. University of Toronto press, p. 500-520 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Honors & Recognition

    Lavinia L. Dock Award

    Flynn, Karen (Recipient), 2013

    Prize