Assistant Professor

Program of Visual and Critical Studies

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Andrew Gayed is Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at OCAD University. An Egyptian-Canadian art historian, Dr. Gayed has an academic background in diasporic art, queer visual culture, and Middle Eastern art histories. Before joining OCADU, Dr. Gayed was the Visiting 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 where he was awarded the Provost Dissertation Award, and holds 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, journals and magazines including: Photography and Culture, Journal for Studies in Art Education, Journal of Anthropology of Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia, and a forthcoming contribution to the Routledge Handbook of Middle Eastern Diasporas. 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.