James Walker

James Walker is Professor of History and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies at the University of Waterloo. He specializes in the history of human rights and race relations. In the 1960s he served as a CUSO volunteer with a Gandhian association in India, engaging in community development projects. While he was a graduate student in Halifax, he was a founder and teacher in the Transition Year Program for African-Canadians and First Nations students at Dalhousie. He is also the founder and long-time board member of the Global Community Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and has served on the boards of several NGOs. In 2003-2004 he was the Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights Research. He has written four books and co-edited another; his first book was The Black Loyalists: The Search for Promised Land in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone, 1783-1830. He is currently working on a book to be entitled Look Over Jordan: The Canadian Journey Toward Racial Equality. He can be reached at jwwalker@uwaterloo.ca

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

‘Race,’ Rights and the Law in the Supreme Court of Canada: Historical Case Studies (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1997), 448 pp.

Chapters in Osgoode Society Books

‘The Law’s Confirmation of Racial Inferiority: Christie v York’ in Walker Barrington ed., The African Canadian Legal Odyssey: Historical Essays (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and the University of Toronto Press, 2012), pp. 243- 323.

‘A Black Day in Court: “Race” and Judging in R. v. RDS’ in above, pp. 437-480.

Other Legal History Publications

‘”Race” and the Law’ in Marian Wallis and Augie Fleras, eds., The Politics of Race in Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 5-23.

‘On the Record: The Testimony of Canada’s Black Pioneers’ in A.W. Bonnet and C.B. Holder, eds., Continuing Perspectives on the Black Diaspora (Lanham: University Press of America, 2009), pp. 89-126.

‘Forty Years in the Wilderness: The Indian Diaspora and Canadian Citizenship’ Directions: Research from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Vol 4, 2008, pp. 64-76.

The “Jewish Phase” in the Movement for Racial Equality in Canada’ Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol 34, 2002, pp. 1-29.