PAUL E. LOVEJOY is Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History, York University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was Founding Director of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, held the Canada Research Chair on the African Diaspora (2000-2015) and has been a member of the UNESCO “Slave Route” Project (Section du dialogue interculturel). He has published more thirty-five books, including Transformations in Slavery (3rd ed., 2011), as well as serving as co-editor of African Economic History and General Editor of the Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora, Africa World Press. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of the University, University of Stirling; in 2009 he received the President’s Research Award of Merit at York University. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Africanist Award, the University of Texas at Austin, in 2010, the Life Time Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of African Studies in 2011, and the Teaching Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University in 2012. His latest books include Jihad and Slavery in West Africa during the Age of Revolutions (1775-1850) (2016) and Calabar on the Cross River: Historical and Cultural Studies (2017). He is currently directing the collaborative research project collecting and analysing biographies of West Africans during the era of slavery and is completing a book, Equiano’s World: A Biography of Gustavus Vassa (c.1742-1797).