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Barbara M. Cooper

Professor of History
Department Chair

Ph.D., Boston University

B.A., St. John’s College (Annapolis)

At Rutgers Since 2001

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Professor Cooper’s recent work bridges the disciplines of social history and legal/medical anthropology. More broadly she focuses upon gender, religion, and family life. Drawing upon archival sources in Niger, Senegal, France and the United States as well as participant-observation and oral interviews in Niger her publications include a prize winning book on the history of a minority Evangelical Protestant community in majority Muslim Niger, Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel (Indiana University Press 2006), and a study of how political and economic change were mediated through the institution of marriage over the 20th century, Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger (Heinemann 1989). Her articles address the problem of religious violence; the relationships between religion, secularism, and modernity in the legal domain; the meanings of pilgrimage; and the construction of gender in Christianity and Islam. She is completing a manuscript on the history of childbirth in the Sahel tentatively entitled “Countless Blessings: A History of Fertility and Reproduction in the Sahel” under contract with Indiana University Press. She anticipates that her next project will be on the longer history of illicit trade and human trafficking in the Sahel.

COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • 01:508:220 Ancient Africa
  • 01:508:222 Modern Africa
  • 01:508:224 Women and Gender in African History
  • 01:508:326 Islam in African History
  • 01:508:429 Research in African Historical Studies

Graduate

  • 16:510:539 Colloquium in Women's & Gender History
  • 16:510:625 Colloquium in African History

PUBLICATIONS

  • Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel. (Indiana University Press, 2006)
  • Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger, 1900-1989. Portsmouth: Heinemann (Social History of Africa Series, 1997)
  • “Chronic nutritional crisis and the trope of the bad mother,” in Jean-Herve Jezequel and Xavier Crombe eds., A Not-So Natural Disaster: Niger 2005 (Columbia University Press 2009)
  • "La rhétorique de la ‘mauvaise mère’," in /Niger 2005 Une catastrophe si naturelle/, Xavier Crombé and Jean-Hervé Jézéquel (eds.), Karthala, 2007, 199-226.
  • “The Strength in the Song: Muslim Personhood, Audible Capital and Hausa Women’s Performance of the Hajj,” in Gendered Modernities: Ethnographic Perspectives, edited by Dorothy Hodgson, Palgrave, 2001, 79-104.
  • “Le genre sexuel, le mouvement et l’histoire: transformations sociales et spatiales au XXè siècle à Maradi au Niger,” translated by Denise Ganderton and reprinted in Géographies Anglo-Saxonnes: Tendances contemporaines, edited by Jean-Francois Staszak et al, Belin, 2001, 80-94.

AWARDS

  • Melville J. Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association for the best book published in 2006 (Evangelical Christians in the Muslim Sahel)
  • Finalist for the African Studies Association 1998 Herskovits Award for the best book published in 1997 in African Studies for Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger, 1900-1989. Portsmouth: Heinemann (Social History of Africa Series), 1997.
  • Nominated by the Journal of African History for the Berkshire Conference on Women annual article prize for “Women’s worth and wedding gift exchange in Maradi, Niger, 1907-1989.”

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • AHA
  • African Studies Association
  • West Africa Research Association

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