Emmanuel Cannady




Gender and Family, Race and Ethnicity, Social Movements, Stratification and Inequality


Emmanuel Cannady is a 5th-Year PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame. He is a College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Fellow, a Graduate Student Affiliate of the Klau Center for Human Rights, and a Gender Studies Graduate Minor. Emmanuel’s research deals broadly with race and ethnicity, trauma, racialization, family, social movements, and the sociology of knowledge. His main research agenda interrogates the racialized meanings of interpersonal interactions across different contexts, including social movement organizations, bystander intervention, friendships, and partner selection to reveal the complex reality of race in the 21st century. For his dissertation, Emmanuel participates in a chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network to investigate how intersecting levels of trauma affect activists’ creation and deployment of different types of knowledge.


In the movement, Emmanuel is serving as one of many voices to understand the current racial climate. He has participated on various panels, radio and TV-news interviews, written op-eds, and was one of the activists featured in the Black Lives Matter Global Network’s “What Matters” web series. He also was the primary investigator on a community-based collaborative project researching the effects of poverty and community divestment in South Bend, IN.


Before his graduate work, Emmanuel was an Assistant Director in the Gender Relations Center at the University of Notre Dame. During his tenure, he also created and co-instructed one of the nation’s first credited seminars exclusively interrogating White Privilege. He holds an MSEd in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and a BS in Mathematics both from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Title: "Street Smarts or Book Smarts? Liberation, Trauma, and Knowledge Deployment within Black Lives Matter Activism"
Committee: Rory McVeigh, Calvin Zimmerman, Kraig Beyerlein, Erika Summers-Effler, Jennifer Jones (University of Illinois-Chicago)