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Professor of Black Studies, Dalhousie University

Afua Cooper is a historian of Black Canada and the African Diaspora. She is a leading expert in slavery studies in Canada and the Atlantic world. She holds appointments in the departments of History, and Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, where she established the Black and African Diaspora Studies Minor. With colleagues, she is now engaged in efforts to turn the Minor into a Major. Dr. Cooper recently chaired the panel examining Dalhousie University's links to slavery and race, and was the lead author of the subsequent Report on Lord Dalhousie's History on Slavery and Race. As part of her academic leadership, she founded the Black Canadian Studies Association.
A Celebrated poet, Afua's most recent book of poetry is "Black Matters." Dr. Cooper was recently awarded the Portia White prize for artistic and cultural excellence.


  • –present
    Professor, Dalhousie University


Portia White Prize, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Feature for Black Studies, Nova Scotia Human Rights Award.