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King’s & Slavery: A Scholarly Inquiry

King's & Slavery: A Scholarly Inquiry


In February 2018, Professor William Lahey, President of the University of King’s College, announced the establishment of a scholarly inquiry to examine the possible connections, direct and indirect, of the university with slavery in the late 18th  and early 19th  centuries. The comprehensive project comprises original, independent research by leading Canadian and U.S. scholars.

Academic Researchers and Review Panel


To help understand, assess and contribute to the body of academic knowledge on this issue, the University of King’s College has commissioned original research by historians and slavery scholars, assisted by undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Dr. Jerry Bannister
    Professor of History,
    Dalhousie University

  • Dr. Henry Roper
    Inglis Professor,
    University of King’s College

  • Mr. David States
    Historian and Genealogist

  • Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost
    Adjunct Professor, Acadia University.
    Senior Research Fellow for
    African Canadian History,
    Harriet Tubman Institute,
    York University

  • Dr. Shirley Tillotson
    Inglis Professor,
    University of King’s College

  • Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield
    Professor of History
    University of Vermont
    (Assisting Dr. Tillotson.)

  • Ms. Hannah Barrie
    MA student
    Gender Studies and
    Feminist Research
    McMaster University

Review Panel

An expert review panel, chaired by King’s professor of Humanities and Holocaust scholar, Dr. Dorota Glowacka, will evaluate and offer feedback on the research papers, prior to publication.

  • Dr. Dorota Glowacka
    Professor of Humanities,
    University of King’s College

  • Prof. Sylvia D. Hamilton
    Rogers Chair in Communications,
    University of King’s College

  • Dr. John Reid
    Professor of History,
    Saint Mary’s University

  • Dr. Bonnie Huskins
    Professor of History and
    Loyalist Studies coordinator,
    University of New Brunswick

  • Mr. Douglas Ruck, QC
    Lawyer, mediator, arbitrator
    Board of Governors,
    University of King’s College

  • Supt. Donald MacLean
    Halifax Regional Police
    Co-Opted Member,
    Board of Governors,
    University of King’s College

King’s faculty has appointed two members to the panel: Dr. Sarah Clift and Prof. Stephen Kimber. Two student members, to be chosen in consultation with the King’s Students’ Union, will also be appointed.

  • Dr. Sarah Clift
    Assistant Professor,
    University of King’s College

  • Prof. Stephen Kimber
    Professor of Journalism,
    University of King’s College
University of King's College

Universities Studying Slavery (USS)

The University of King’s College has joined “Universities Studying Slavery” (USS). Based out of the University of Virginia, this consortium of 60 universities is dedicated to organizing multi-institutional collaboration on research dealing with historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and in university communities.

King’s is one of four Canadian post-secondary institutions to join USS, the others being Dalhousie University, McGill University and the University of New Brunswick.

Findings of other USS institutions: