Journal of Critical Race Inquiry

Managing editor(s): Jane Kirby (Managing Editor) / Editor(s): Trish Salah (Editor), Kesha Fevrier (Book Reviews & Blog Editor), Juliane Okot Bitek (Interventions Editor)


The Journal of Critical Race Inquiry advances research and thinking on race and racialization in Canadian and international contexts and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to critical race inquiry that extend beyond institutional walls.

Following the insights of critical race feminism, JCRI highlights analyses of interlocking systems of oppression and of the intersectionality of race with gender, sexuality, class, nationality, indigeneity, region, religion, disability, and age. We invite accounts of historical and contemporary forms of race and racialization, and of their relationships with such processes as colonization, nationalism, imperialism, and global capitalism. The journal especially welcomes perspectives that articulate the fields of critical race studies, Black Studies, Indigenous studies, gender and sexuality studies, diaspora studies, colonial studies, postcolonial studies, and studies of decolonization.

JCRI values the contributions of academic, activist, and aesthetic approaches to knowledge making and welcomes submissions in a variety of media and from outside academic institutions. Recognizing that “poetry is knowledge,” and that anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, BIPOC, feminist, queer and trans movements have long made theory from praxis, we aim to challenge the gatekeeping that often exists in academic contexts, and to offer a supportive environment for emerging academics and movement-based theorists without sacrificing rigour or quality. The Editors will work closely with those submitting to get their work ready for peer review and publication.

JCRI takes interest in all subjects and contexts where critical race analysis may be applied, although the journal foregrounds accounts of subjects and peoples marginalized by racial power: notably, diasporic, Indigenous, Black, and migrant people living on the lands claimed by Canada.


Editorial policy and ethics

Authors who publish with the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry (CRI) agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Information for contributors

Submission guidelines can be found on our website: