Dennis D. Cordell is a professor of history and adjunct professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He is the coeditor of African Population and Capitalism: Historical Perspectives.
The Demographics of Empire is a collection of essays examining the multifaceted nature of the colonial science of demography in the last two centuries. The contributing scholars of Africa and the British and French empires focus on three questions: How have historians, demographers, and other social scientists understood colonial populations? What were the demographic realities of African societies and how did they affect colonial systems of power?