Claudine Bonner

Associate Professor
AVDX 326
Office hours
By appointment


Dr. Claudine Bonner (she/her) is an Associate Professor of racial justice and African Diaspora migration in the Atlantic region. Her teaching focuses on issues of equity and racial justice. She served as the inaugural Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Acadia University. Her forthcoming publication "The Black Press: A Shadowed Canadian Tradition" is a collection of essays co-edited with Drs. Nina Reid-Maroney and Boulou Ebanda de B bèri. This collection, spanning the period from the 1850s to the early twentieth century, is the first in the field to bring together original historical and Communication Studies research that position pioneering Canadian Black journalists as effective intellectual activists. Her current research explores early twentieth century African-Caribbean and Canadian migration networks, inserting Nova Scotia into the discussion as more than simply a point of transit as has often been suggested.


  • 2023. Corbett, M., Tinkham, J. & Bonner, C. A Noisy Silence: Challenges for Rural Teacher Education. In Banck, C. & Pohler, D. (Eds.) Building Inclusive Communities. University of Alberta Press.
  • 2022. Bonner, C. “A Caribbean Community in the North Atlantic: DISCO, Labour Migration, and the Creation of Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, c. 1900–1930.” Histoire Sociale/Social History. 55(114): 301–324.
  • 2022. Bonner, C. “No Gardens, Just Shacks: The Housing Experiences of African-American Steelworkers in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia in 1901.” Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie. 59(4):560–562.
  • 2022. Bonner, C. “Canadian Military History and the Black Atlantic.” In Eichler, M., Green, R. & Moniz, T. Eds. Speaking Up: Community Stories of War and Peace. Nimbus Publishing Limited.
  • 2022. Bonner, C. "Likely to become a Public Charge’: Examining Black Migration to Eastern Canada, 1900 – 1930.” In Aladejebi, F. & M. Johnson. (Guest Editors). Unsettling the Great White North: African Canadian History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • 2018. Bonner, C. & Bernard, W. “Labouring for Change: Narratives of African-Nova Scotian Women, 1919 – 1990.” In Reid-Maroney, N. (Guest Editor). Women in the Promised Land: New Essays in African Canadian History. African Diaspora Cultural Series. Ottawa: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • 2014. Bonner, C. “A Daughter of Promise – Diary of a Female African-Canadian Teacher in Rondeau, 1907.” In de B’beri, B., Reid-Maroney, N. & Wright, H. Eds. The Promised Land Project: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent’s Settlements and Beyond. University of Toronto Press, 90–105.


University of Western Ontario - Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Studies-Gender, Equity and Social Justice

Dalhousie University - Master of Arts, Canadian History

University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - Master of Education, Educational Administration

University of Toronto - Bachelor of Science (Honours)


  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Education
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Gender and the African Diaspora
  • Race & (Im)migration
  • Gender & Sport
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Education


  • African Diaspora migration in the Atlantic region
  • Race, borders and public health
  • Diversity and equity in education in Nova Scotia
  • Sociology of childhood in ANS historic communities

Grants, awards & honours

2021-2022 Fulbright Canada Research Chair - African Nova Scotian and other Black Maritime migration to the Boston States
2021-2022 SSHRC Institutional Grant - Looking Back to Look Ahead: Rebuilding Trust in Academia with African Nova Scotian Communities
2021-2022 Research award from the Acadia University Research Fund - An Africville Childhood
2019-2020 Harrison McCain Foundation: Institutional Visitorship
2018-2019 SSHRC Institutional Grant - Compiling a History and Tracking the Movement of the Black Press Tradition in Nova Scotia into the 21st Century
2018-2019 Acadia University Research Fund - Mapping African Nova Scotian Migration & Settlement Patterns from 1881-1930
2017-2018 Harrison McCain Foundation: Emerging Scholar Award