Africana Studies
Department Chair:
Pam Brooks

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
Fax: (440) 775-6485

Rice Hall 29
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Meredith Gadsby

Meredith Gadsby

Associate Professor, Africana Studies
President, Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

Contact Information


Rice Hall 23
(440) 775-8594

Meredith Gadsby

Meredith Gadsby

Educational Background

  • BA, Vassar College, 1993
  • MA, SUNY Binghamton, 1995
  • PhD, SUNY Binghamton, 2000

Research Interests
She has several teaching and research interests, including International Black Literatures, Literatures of the African Diaspora, Black Women's Writing, Cross Cultural Theories, and Migration Studies. Much of her work is preoccupied with issues of migration and identity. Professor Gadsby is president of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.

Current Research
Professor Gadsby's research has taken her to Barbados, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Grenada. At Oberlin, she teaches courses in African American, African and Caribbean literature.

Recent Publications and Awards

Professor Gadsby's first book, Sucking Salt: Caribbean Women Writers, Migration, and Survival, was published in July 2006 by the University of Missouri Press.

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