“In the intellectual world if you pursue a course that goes against the ideology and the power of the established authorities, you will be judged by a harsh double standard. Every misstep, every slip, whether really relevant or not…will be held against you; you have to aim higher, preferably much higher, than the standards that apply to your conforming colleagues.”
–Editor, Monthly Review, March 1985.
Rosalind Boyd, Ph.D., is currently an independent researcher, writer and lecturer in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she has been based at McGill University since 1968. She was previously Director of McGill’s Centre for Developing-Area Studies (1996-2001, re-appointed 2001-2004), the only woman to hold that position since the CDAS was established in 1963. Prior to that, she was the Senior Researcher/Chercheure principale and Editor of the Publications Program at CDAS. From 2006-2008, she was Special Advisor on International Research in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) at McGill University.
For over three decades, she has carried out research activities focusing on social, political and economic problems in countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. She is the founding Editor of the international journal, Labour, Capital and Society devoted to critical analyses of development issues and the labouring poor in the Third World. She has also edited over two dozen books dealing with socio-economic and political problems, notably Struggles in the Americas: The Emergence of a New Civil Society(2003) co-edited with S.J. Noumoff; Social Sciences and Transdisciplinarity: Latin American and Canadian Experiences (1999) co-edited with Alberto Florez-Malagon and the seminal work International Labour and the Third World: The Making of a New Working Class co-edited with Robin Cohen and Peter C.W. Gutkind (1987).
Dr. Boyd has been an elected Executive Council member of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) where she served as Secretary-Treasurer, 1994-1996; member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, 1984-2004; member of the Board of Directors of the Centre des Femmes de Montréal, 1992-1996; was on the Conseil d’Édition of Page Deux (Switzerland,1996-1998); was a member of the Conseil d’Edition of Sociologie et sociétés, and the International Advisory Network of the Globalisation and Social Exclusion Unit (University of Liverpool, England) and was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of Imago Theatre (Montreal). She continues to be a member of the Network "Eurolatinoamericana Celso Furtado".
In 1983, she was awarded an IDRC Professional Development Fellowship which allowed her to research and travel in Senegal, India, Sri Lanka and Mexico throughout that year. She has a B.A. from the University of Victoria, B.C. and a Ph.D. in Humanities (Doctorate of Philosophy [Sociology, Education and Literature]) from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She speaks English and French with some proficiency in Spanish, Urdu and Yoruba.