Jim Walker

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Research and teaching interests

  • Jim Walker
    Canadian and international human rights
  • Race relations in Canada
  • African-Canadian history
  • Immigration

Current research projects

I am collaborating with B.A. “Rocky” Jones and George Elliott Clarke on a study entitled “Rocky the Revolutionary: Perspectives on Race Relations and Human Rights during the Long 1960s in Canada.” 

Another project is entitled “‘Look Over Jordan’: The Canadian Journey Toward Racial Equality,” examining a sequence of case studies in which racialized Canadian minorities confronted discrimination and affected Canadian public policy as a result.

Recent publications

  • “Decoding the Rights Revolution:  Lessons from the Canadian Experience,” in Stephen Heathorn and David Goutor, eds., Taking Liberties: The History of Human Rights in Canada, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “Black Confrontation in 1960s Halifax,” in Greg Kealey et al., eds.,  Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties, University of Toronto Press, 2012.
  • “A Black Day in Court: ‘Race’ and Judging in R v RDS,” in Jim Phillips and Barrington Walker, eds., The African -Canadian Legal Odyssey, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and University of Toronto Press,  2012.
  • “Claiming Equality for Canadian Jewry: The Struggle for Inclusion, 1933-1945," in Ruth Klein, ed., Nazi Germany - Canadian Responses: Confronting Antisemitism in the Shadow of War, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.
  • “‘Sambo Farewell’: Lessons of Slavery from the Formerly Enslaved,” in Ken Pinto, ed., Slavery, Anti-Slavery and the Road to Freedom,  DaCosta 400, 2011.
  • "On the Record:  The Testimony of Canada's Black Pioneers,"  in A. W. Bonnett and C.B. Holder, eds., Continuing Perspectives on the Black Diaspora, University Press of America, 2009.
  • “Approaching African-Canadian History,” in David Divine, ed., Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2008.
  • “Forty Years in the Wilderness: The Indian Diaspora and Canadian Citizenship,” Directions: Research from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Vol. 4 (2008).
  • Critical Mass: The Emergence of Global Civil Society, Wilfrid Laurier University Press and Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2008, co-edited with Andrew S. Thompson.
  • "A Jewel in the Mosaic: India in Canadian Immigration Policy”, in C.S. Raj and A. Nafey, eds., Canada’s Global Engagements and Relations with India, Manak Publishing House, New Delhi, 2007.
  • “Race”, Rights and the Law in the Supreme Court of Canada, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1997.
  • The Black Loyalists: The Search for a Promised Land in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone, Second edition, University of Toronto Press, 1992.