Afua Cooper


Phone: 902-494-3012
Mailing Address: 
McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Slavery, Abolition, and Freedom
  • Global Memorialization of the Slave Trade
  • Universities, Slavery, and Race
  • Black Canada
  • Black Women and Diaspora
  • Black Literatures, Oratures, and Cultural Practices
  • Social Justice and Inequality
  • Decolonization

Cross appointment

  • History
  • Gender and Women's Studies


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

Research interests

Afua Cooper is the Chair of the Scholarly Panel on Lord Dalhousie's Relationship to Race and Slavery and co-author of the Report. She is also the the former James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies. 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. She recently wrote and performed: "15 Ships to Sierra Leone" Black Halifax: Stories from Here.

Selected publications