Dr. Charmaine Nelson takes Canada’s slave history to Harvard

Charmaine Nelson – McGill Faculty of Arts

It is 2017 and Dr. Charmaine Nelson is the only Black tenured professor of art history in Canada. The lack of Black representation among Canadian tenure stream academics isn’t all that surprising; most Canadians don’t even know that Blacks have a history in Canada. Unfortunately, this unacknowledged legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and systemic discrimination is observable in almost every sphere of Canadian society. Fortunately, we have scholars such as Dr. Nelson who are willing to shine a light into that darkness.

For the next year, Dr. Charmaine Nelson will continue her research on fugitive slave advertisements while teaching at Harvard as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair for Canadian Studies.

Congratulations, Charmaine!

Read more about Dr. Charmaine Nelson’s journey to Harvard here.

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