Joan Baxter is a journalist, international development researcher and writer, anthropologist, and award-winning author who lived and worked in Africa for more than 30 years. She has reported for the BBC World Service, CBC radio, AP, Reuters, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and the Chronicle Herald, among others.
Baxter has also worked as a science writer and editor for several international research organizations and non-governmental organizations, served as the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia – Gambia Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of USC Canada. She is a Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank in California.
She is the author of five non-fiction works about Africa, one book of short fiction set on the continent, as well as a book (in progress) tracing the fifty-year life of the pulp mill in Pictou County. Baxter has also researched and written many reports on foreign investment, transparency in extractive industries in Africa, including for Partnership Africa Canada, The Diamond Development Initiative, the Oakland Institute and Christian Aid (UK), and done consulting work for German International Co-operation (GIZ), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the erstwhile Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).
A native of Nova Scotia, she holds a BJ (Honours) from the University of King’s College in Halifax, an MA (Anthropology) and BA (Honours) from the University of Alberta.