holds a Ph.D. in African Canadian history, with specialties in slavery and abolition. She is the co-author of -We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull Us Up’: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History
, which won the prestigiousJoseph Brant Award for History
. She is also one of Canada’s most versatile poets and has published five volumes of poetry, including the acclaimedCopper Woman
. Dr. Cooper has taught history at the University of Toronto.