Dr Diala Lteif

Diala Lteif

College Research Associate
Research interestsMy research focuses on the role of migration and class struggle in the production of space. My doctorate considers these questions through an urban historical study of the Karantina neighbourhood in Beirut, Lebanon over a century (1918-2018); and my postdoctoral work builds on this project and considers the intersection of labour mobilizations and urban politics. At its core, my research aims to centre marginalized communities, such as refugees, migrants, and labourers, within urban historical narratives. During my time in the Geography and Planning department at the University of Toronto, I was a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholar and a Trillium awardee. I also hold an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons the New School for Design which I pursued as a Fulbright scholar. Up until 2016, I served as full-time faculty and deputy director to the Design Department at ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts), where I taught the Global Design studio to first year masters students and supervised MA thesis projects.