Afua Cooper


Afua Up Close

Phone: 902-494-3012
Mailing Address: 
McCain Building, Room 1173, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Social justice and inequality
  • African diaspora
  • Body and embodiment
  • Critical race theory
  • Decolonizing studies and methodologies
  • Gender
  • Slavery, abolition and freedom
  • Africa
  • Black Canada

Cross appointment

  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Sociology and Social Anthropology


  • BA, University of Toronto
  • MA, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • PhD, University of Toronto

Research interests

Afua Cooper was the former James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies 2011- 2017. Her research interests are African Canadian studies, with specific regard to the period of enslavement and emancipation in 18th and 19th century Canada and the Black Atlantic; African-Nova Scotian history; political consciousness; community building and culture; slavery’s aftermath; Black youth studies.

Dr. Cooper founded the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA), which she currently chairs. Read about its first conference here.

Selected publications

  • Forthcoming. 'Voices Heard Over the River: Henry and Mary Bibb, and the Role of the Black Press in the Underground Railroad Abolitionist Movements,' in A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Freedom and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderlands, eds. Karolyn Smardz and Veta Tucker (Detroit: Wayne State University Press).
  • 2009.  'A New Biography of the African Diaspora: The Odyssey of Marie-Joseph Angelique, Black Portuguese Slave Woman in New France, 1725-1734,' in Darlene Clark Hine, ed. Global Conversations: New Scholarship on the History of Black Peoples (University of Illinois Press), p. 46-73. 
  • 2007.  'Unsilencing the Past: memorializing Four Hundred Years of African Canadian History,' in David Divine, ed. Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora Located in Canada  (UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), p.  11-22. 
  • 2007.  'Acts of Resistance: Black Men and Women Engage Slavery in Upper Canada, 1793-1803,' Ontario History 99, 1: 5-17.

2006.  The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal (Toronto: HarperCollins). Published in French in 2007 as La Pendaison d’Angelique. Translated by André Couture. (Montréal: Les Éditions de L’Homme). Published in the USA in 2007 by the University of Georgia Press.


Teaching 2019-2020

Office Hours Fall Term 2019

  • Wednesdays:  11:00-1:00
  • or by appointment