Lobo, Rachel

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts, Majors: History & History of Art- University of Toronto
  • Master of Arts, Photographic Preservation and Collections Management- Ryerson University


Race and the Photographic Archive in Canada

Year Entered: 2016

Comprehensive Areas

  • Race and Knowledge Production
  • Race and Visual Culture


  • Association of Canadian Archivists

Advisory Comittee

  • Dr. Honor Ford- Smith (Supervisor), Dr. Liette Gilbert, Dr. Warren Crichlow


[In print] Lobo, Rachel. “Review: Policing Black Lives.UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies 21 (2019).

Lobo, Rachel. “Archive as Prefigurative Space: Our Lives and Black Feminism in Canada.” Archivaria 87 (Spring 2019): 68- 87.

Lobo, Rachel. “Free Black North.” Review of Free Black North at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Archivaria 84 (Fall 2017): 177­-181.

Lobo, Rachel. “Introduction.” In Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia- Mari Sutnik. Toronto: Ryerson Image Centre, 2014. Catalogue of an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 through June 1, 2014.

Graham, Jennifer and Rachel Lobo. “Unveiling the Surreal.” In Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia- Mari Sutnik. Toronto: Ryerson Image Centre, 2014. Catalogue of an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 through June 1, 2014.

Professional Experience

2013- 2014: Collections Intern, Ryerson Image Centre
- Jo Spence Memorial Archive, Black Star Collection

2013: Curatorial Intern, Royal Ontario Museum
- Department of World Cultures (South Asian Art and Culture)

2013: Researcher, Ryerson Image Centre
-Black Star Research Workshop, Black Star Oral History Project

2010: Fundraising Intern, Greenpeace Toronto
-Amchitka album fundraising campaign

Teaching Experience

Sept 2019- Dec 2019: Course Director, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
- ENVS 3160: Race/Racism and Environmental Justice

2016-2019: Teaching Assistant, Department of Social Science, York University
- SOSC 1801: Health Controversies

2012- 2016: Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Ryerson University
- HST 325/ 425: Intro. to the History of Science and Technology I & II
- HST 788: Water Use in History
- HST 777: Medicine from Antiquity

2016: Academic Assistant, Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, Sheridan College
-HIST 17545: History of Photography

2012-2013: Graduate Assistant, School of Fashion, Ryerson University
-FSN 132: History of Art

Research Assistantship

2017- 2019: Research Assistant to Dr. Honor Ford Smith. Decolonization, Social Movements, and Performance in the Caribbean and African Atlantic

Paper Presentations

"Freedom Dreaming and Counter-Archiving: Anti-Racist Feminist Organizing from the 1960s and 1970s." [Presentation] The (re)Making of a Movement: New Perspectives on the 1960s Counterculture. Humber College’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Toronto, and the Toronto International Festival of Authors, Toronto, Nov 1-3, 2019.

Lobo, Rachel. "Photographic Afterimages: Inside the Alvin D. McCurdy fonds." [Presentation] Black Portraiture[s] V: Memory and the Archive. Past/Present/Future, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York City, October 2019.

Lobo, Rachel. "Archival Remnants: Photographic Archives and the Erasure of Black history in Canada." [Presentation] Loss: A Symposium, Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds, McGill University, Montreal, May 9-10, 2019.

University Service

2017-2019: Scholarly Review Team, UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies



2018-2021: SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship
2017- 2018: Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2016: York University Scholarship
2013: Ryerson Graduate Award
2012: Ryerson Graduate Scholarship

Other Activities

Professional Development

2018: Respect, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Certificate, York University
Sessions: Understanding and Assessing Accommodations; Addressing and Responding to Sexual Harassment; Acknowledging and Addressing Racism

2013:  History of Photography Course, University of Toronto School of Continuing Education

2012: Grammar for Writers and Editors Course, George Brown College