Hadiya Roderique (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the department, Hadiya worked as a consultant, speaker, broadcast commentator, journalist, and lawyer.
An award winning journalist, most recently winning the National Magazine Award for Best short feature in 2021, she has bylines in The Walrus, The National Post, Macleans, The Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Elle, The Local, and The Globe ad Mail. She is also a former podcast host of Canadaland's Commons. As a writer, she is most well known for her viral piece “Black on Bay Street” for the Globe and Mail, which outlined her experiences as a young Black woman working in a Bay Street firm. As a journalist, she focuses largely on inequity in our society, with a particular interest in race, parental bias, gender, and justice. In her work, she has examined topics such as systemic racism, Black parenthood, the criminal justice system, sexual racism, Black joy, and employment barriers faced by BIPOC communities.
Hadiya’s research focuses on race, gender, and inequity. Her current research projects focus on barriers to hiring and advancement for BIPOC journalists, discourses of racism in media, differences in how racialized and white reporters use language in their reporting on race and gender, and the maternal bias in media. Hadiya has holds a J.D. and M.A. in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where her research focused on gender and parental bias in the professional workplace.
Hadiya is a caring instructor and recipient of teaching awards during her tenure as a course instructor in Rotman’s undergraduate Commerce program. In 2018, Hadiya was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyers’ Magazine, and in 2019, received the Clarkson Laureateship for Public Service from Massey College.
In her spare time, Hadiya is working on her first work of fiction, learning to sew, playing tennis, and learning all of Radiohead’s bass lines.