Headshot of Andrew Gayed
Headshot of Andrew Gayed
Andrew Gayed
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

Global contemporary art, decolonial art histories, diasporic visual culture, photography, Gender, sexuality, North African & Arab Art, islamic art, human rights, global modernisms, world art studies, critical race theory


Dr. Andrew Gayed is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at OCAD University where he will teach courses in Visual and Critical Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. An Egyptian-Canadian art historian, Dr. Gayed has an academic background in diasporic art, queer visual culture, and Middle Eastern art histories among other areas of study. Before joining OCADU, Dr. Gayed was the Visiting Global Scholar at NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality where he researched the artistic practices of the queer diaspora. Gayed holds a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture from York University, an M.A. in Art History, and a B.F.A. in Visual Arts.  Gayed's research is located at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary and transnational inquiry in art history, gender studies, and critical race theory. The 2018 Osgoode Law research fellow in Transnationalism and Human rights, Gayed has been the recipient of notable awards including two SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Awards and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Gayed’s scholarship has appeared in books, including a forthcoming contribution to the Routledge Handbook of Middle Eastern Diasporas, and peer-reviewed journals including Photography and CultureJournal for Studies in Art Education, and the Journal of Anthropology of Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia. He was a lecturer of Islamic Art and Architecture at York University, and at OCADU Dr. Gayed looks forward to developing courses in contemporary Arab art and critical race theory in addition to teaching courses on photography and global contemporary art. 

Courses Taught:

Islamic Art; History of Photography; Art Criticism and Theory; Transnational Queer Theory; Global Visual and Material Culture. 


2020            Ph.D., Art History and Visual Culture. York University, Toronto, Canada  

2015            MA, Art History and Theory. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. 

2013            BFA, Visual Arts Specialization (Studio), Minor in Gender Studies.  University of Ottawa.

Awards \ Grants

2020            Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award, Middle East Studies Association of North America (nominated) 

2020            Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University 

2018            (OGS) Ontario Graduate Scholarship, York University 

2018            Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Salzburg International Academy of Fine Arts, Austria. Participant of Global Academy Project- Developing Art in a Global Context. 

2018            Visiting Scholar Fellowship, German Documentation Centre for Art History & Image Archive Foto Marburg (DDK), Marburg Germany. Participant in Research Institute on Photography and Society.

2015            (SSHRC) Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship Program.

2014            (SSHRC) Social Science and Humanities Research Council Master’s Scholarship Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Masters Scholarship Program.

Selected Publications

2022            Book Chapter (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew. “Studying Race and Ethnicity in Canadian Diasporic Art.” Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Contemporary SWANA Art. Eds Dr. Sascha Crasnow and Dr. Anne-Marie Butler. Intellect Publishers: UK.  Forward written by Dr. Gayatri Gopinath. (Confirmed, Forthcoming, 2022) 

2022            Journal Article (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew. “Cross-Cultural Pedagogy: Undoing Legacies of Whiteness within Art History.” Photography and Culture. Routledge: Taylor and Frances Group. Vol 15, Issue 1. Special Issue: Radical Pedagogy and the Photographic Image. (Forthcoming, 2022) 

2021            Book Chapter (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew. “The Queer Diasporic Lens: Diaspora Consciousness and the Artwork of Jamil Hellu, Laurence Rasti, and Nilbar Güreş.” The Routledge Handbook on Middle Eastern Diasporas. Edited by Dr. Dalia Abdelhady and Dr. Ramy Aly. Routledge: Taylor and Frances Group. (Forthcoming, 2021) 

2021            Book Chapter (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew. "Coming out a l'Oriental: Diasporic Art and Colonial Wounds."Pioneer Lies and Propertied Lives: Canadian Art and Colonial Visual Culture. Edited by Dr. Erin Morton. Kingston, Ontario: McGill-Queen's University Press. (Forthcoming, 2021) 

2021           Journal Article (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew. “Queering Archives of Photography: Imperialism, Homoeroticism and Desire in Middle Eastern Contemporary Art.” Journal of Anthropology of Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia. United Kingdom: Sean Kingston Publishing. Vol 5.1, 2021. Special Issue: Photography, Gender and Sexuality. ISSN: 2211- 5730. 

2018            Journal Article (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew and Siobhan Angus. “Visual Pedagogies: Decolonizing and Decentering the History of Photography.” Studies in Art and Education. Routledge: Taylor and Frances Group.Volume 59 Issue (3). Pg 228-242 August 2018. Special Issue: In the Shadow of Change. ISSN: 0039-3541  

2018            Journal Article (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew. “Methods to Global Art Histories: Museums and the Islamicate.” Kunstlicht Journal for Visual Art, Visual Culture and Architecture. Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands. Vol. 40 (2018) no. 1. Sept. 2018. Pg 48-59. Special Issue: "Globalizing Art's Histories: Politics & Paradoxes" ISSN:09215026 

2017            Journal Article. Gayed, Andrew. “Islamicate Sexualities: The Artworks of Ebrin Bagheri” Esse Arts + Opinions. Special Issue LGBTQIA, No. 91, Spring 2017. Pg 16-25. ISSN: 0831-859X 

2017            Book Chapter (peer-reviewed). Gayed, Andrew. “Queering Middle Eastern Contemporary Art and its Diaspora.” Unsettling Colonial Modernity: Islamicate Contexts in Focus. Edited by Siavash Saffari, Roxana Akhbari, Kara Abdolmaleki, Evelyn Hamdon. Foreword by Dr. Sherene Razack. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: London, United Kingdom. 2017. Pages 140-155. ISBN: 978-1-4438-7317-8.