Charmaine A. Nelson

Charmaine A. Nelson’s research and teaching interests include postcolonial and black feminist scholarship, Transatlan­tic Slavery Studies, and Black Diaspora Studies. She has made ground­breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. Nelson has authored six books, including the edited book Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), and the single-authored books The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America (Minneapo­lis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (London: Routledge/Taylor Francis, 2016). Nelson’s passion for connect­ing with the lay public is demonstrated in her active media presence which includes work with The Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Star, CTV News, the BBC, and CBC Radio. She has also written for The Walrus and blogs for Huffington Post Canada. Nelson has held several prestigious fel­lowships and appointments, including a Caird Senior Research Fellow­ship, National Maritime Museum, UK (2007), a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair (2010), University of California-Santa Barbara, and a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2011). In 2016, she was named as a Fellow – :he Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and scientists and in 2017-18 she was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University.


A talk by the scholar Charmaine A. Nelson planted the seed for my interest in creating this glossary.