Paul Lovejoy

Distinguished Research Professor and Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History

York University

Paul E. Lovejoy is a Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto and holds the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History.  He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1973, and has conducted extensive research in West Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Latin America. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, and a member of the UNESCO 'Slave Route' Project. He has published more than twenty books and 120 articles and papers on African history and the African Diaspora, including Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa (1983), which was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Social Sciences Federation of Canada, and with J. S. Hogendorn, Slow Death for Slavery: The Course of Abolition in Northern Nigeria, 1897-1935 (1993), which was awarded the Howard K. Ferguson Prize by the Canadian Historical Association. Lovejoy's recent publications include Repercussions of the Atlantic Slave Trade (2010) and Slavery, Islam and Diaspora (2009). He is the editor of the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora for Africa World Press. He has received several awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Stirling in 2007, the President's Research Award of Merit from York University in 2009 and the Distinguished Africanist Award from the University of Texas, Austin in 2010. He is on the editorial boards of Slavery and Abolition and Atlantic Studies, and is co-editor of African Economic History. He is currently compiling a biographical database of enslaved Africans and their descendants.