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Dr. Afua Cooper

Dr. Afua Cooper

Dr. Afua Cooper holds a Ph.D. in African Canadian history and African Diaspora studies from the University of Toronto.

Her expertise includes slavery, abolition, and freedom, especially for the 18th and 19th centuries, gender studies, Black education, and Black literatures. Her research has taken her to several countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.

Dr. Cooper’s extensive research on slavery in Canada has made her the foremost expert in that field. Her ground-breaking book The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old
Montreal brought new awareness to Black and slavery studies in Canada, and was nominated for the prestigious Governor-General’s award.

Her co-authored publication, We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull us up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History won the Joseph Brant Book Prize.
Dr. Cooper has curated five exhibits on African Canadian history and culture, and the Transatlantic slave trade. An accomplished and celebrated poet and novelist, she has published five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems. Moreover, Afua is one of the pioneers of dub poetry in Canada, and has made a vast contribution to the field and that of Canadian poetry in general. She is also the author of My
Name is Henry Bibb and My Name is Phillis Wheatley, two historical novels for young adults.

Both publications have garnered national and international prizes. A recipient of several academic, national and international awards for her scholarly and
creative work, Dr. Cooper was named by Essence Magazine as one of the twenty-five women who are shaping the world. Her papers are housed at
the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

See Dr. Afua Cooper's complete curriculum vitae

Learn more about Dr. Cooper's current involvement and acitivity within the community as well as abroad.