Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies


  • Office Hours:

    Mondays and Wednesdays 1-2 PM or by Appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
  • Department:

    • Ethnic Studies
  • Education:

    • PhD Women and Gender Studies. University of Toronto
    • MPhil Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Trinidad and Tobago
    • BA Media and Communication, University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica


Dr. Nikoli Attai is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, focusing on Black queer and feminist studies. Alongside his teaching, he also collaborates with LGBTIQ+ communities in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana, and with members of Toronto’s LGBTIQ+ diaspora communities. In Trinidad and Tobago, he is currently assisting community archivists and leaders to curate a digital archive of approximately 5000 items collected within their communities over the past thirty years. He also continues to work with Friends For Life, CAISO: Sex and Gender Justice and The Trans Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago to produce the country’s annual Pride Memorial, which remembers community members who are no longer with us and to honour the talents, creativity, and resilience of LGBTIQ+ people who are negotiating and disrupting homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on varying levels.


Attai, Nikoli. (Forthcoming Summer 2023). Human Rights and Community-making: A Politics of Hope in the Queer Caribbean. New Brunswick:Rutgers University Press.

Attai, Nikoli, Krystal Nandini Ghisyawan, Rajanie Preity Kumar and Carla Moore. 2020. "Tales from the Field: Myths and Methodologies for Researching Same Sex–Desiring People in the Caribbean." In Beyond Homophobia: Centring LGBTQ Experiences in the Anglophone Caribbean. Edited by Mojitos Anderson and Erin MacCleod. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press.

Cornel Grey and Nikoli Attai. 2019. “Revisiting LGBT Rights in the Caribbean: Talking Across Difference”. In The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT and Sexual Diversity Studies. Edited by Michael J. BosiaSandra M. McEvoy and Momin Rahman. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Attai, Nikoli. 2017. “Let’s Liberate the Bullers! Toronto Human Rights Activism and Implications for Caribbean Strategies.” In The Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies Volume 42(3):97-121.


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