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Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer, and intellectual based in Montreal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette, World Policy Journal, and Canadian Women Studies Journal. Maynard is the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. She is currently a PhD student and Vanier scholar at the University of Toronto and is working toward the completion of a new book manuscript.


2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize finalist Robyn Maynard

Award History

Jury Citation

"A critical, timely, and urgent voice, Robyn Maynard interrogates the historical and ongoing violence experienced by Black lives in Canada. Her rigorous scholarship and commanding prose unpack the insidious structures of violence and racism rooted in the Canadian state, from the early years of slavery, to the prison system, our classrooms, and the brutalities of everyday policing. Her pivotal work Policing Black Lives documents the individual damage and collective trauma faced by Black bodies and Black communities across Canada as a result of pervasive state surveillance. Throughout, Maynard’s writing celebrates the community-based, grassroots ethos of Black organizers, activists, and scholars and their life-affirming commitment to resisting and confronting all forms of state-sanctioned violence."
— 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Jury (Trevor Corkum, Lindsay Nixon, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha)

Works recognized by WT

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present