• Department of History, Rutgers University

Bio: Barbara Cooper is Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research explores the intersections between culture and political economy, in particular, the intertwined histories of gender, law, health, religion, agriculture and family life. Cooper focuses on the former French colonies of the Sahel, particularly Niger, where she has conducted fieldwork for thirty years. She is the author of Countless Blessings: A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel (2019); Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel (2006), which won the Melville J. Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association for the best book published in 2006; and Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger, 1900-1989 (1997). She is also the author of numerous articles and chapters on the history of Niger and the Sahel. Cooper is the co-editor of La Honte au Sahel: Pudeur, Respect, Morale Quotidienne (2018) and of Transforming Africa’s Religious Landscapes: The Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), Past and Present (2018).

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