Junior at Columbia University Named the First Student Editor at Oxford University Press’ African American Studies Center

The Oxford University Press’ African American Studies Center offers online access to five major reference works and 8,000 articles on African Americans, their history, and their culture. Subscribers can purchase access to this extensive database for $179 a year or $17.95 per month. The information is constantly updated and added to by editors who include Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ira Berlin of the University of Maryland, Darlene Clark Hine of Northwestern University, Valerie Smith of Princeton University, and several other distinguished scholars.

Now there will be a student editor-at-large who will serve a one-year term. The student editor will host online chats with subscribers, write a weekly blog about the content of the database, and will accompany the editors to conferences offering a student’s perspective on the value of the service.

The first student editor is Tanya Cooper, a junior at Columbia University. Cooper is majoring in creative writing and African-American studies.

She is a native of Virginia. Both parents are natives of Liberia.