Research Affiliate

Désirée Rochat is a community educator, transdisciplinary scholar and educational consultant. She holds a PhD in Educational Studies from the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Guided by an integrative approach connecting historical research, community archival preservation and education, her work aims to document, preserve, theorize and transmit (hi)stories of Black communities’ activism. Interested in the educational potential of stories and histories of community organizing, she has produced popular education material on the history of Caribbean communities in Quebec and is involved in various initiatives for the preservation and promotion of Black community archives. She co-edited “Statesman of the Piano: Jazz, Race, and History in the Life of Lou Hooper” (2023, McGill-Queens University Press) with Sean Mills and Eric Fillion. She was the Concordia University Library’s Researcher-in-residence for 2021-2022, and is now a postdoctoral fellow with COHDS and the Department of History at Concordia University.