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


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


BBC Interview

The fate of a four-year-old fugitive in Ohio, BBC Arts - BBC Arts

Oberlin's Meredith M Gadsby explains how Toni Morrison inspired a slavery memorial.

Meredith Gadsby has several teaching and research interests, including:

  • international black literatures
  • literatures of the African Diaspora
  • black women’s writing
  • cross-cultural theories
  • migration studies

Much of her work focuses on issues of migration and identity. Professor Gadsby is president of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.

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.

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

She also coedited the book, Decolonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies (Africa World Press, 2003), along with Carole Boyce Davies, Charles Peterson, and Henrietta Williams.


  • Meredith Gadsby Invited to Write and Edit Journal Issue

    May 22, 2019

    Meredith M. Gadsby was invited to edit a special cluster issue in the Journal of The African Literature Association about the scholarship of Carole Boyce Davies. Gadsby will write the introduction and anchor article.

  • Shelley Lee, Yveline Alexis, Meredith Gadsby, and Gina Perez Co-Author Op-Ed

    January 3, 2018

    Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies, Yveline Alexis, assistant professor of Africana studies, Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies, and Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, co-authored the op-ed “Selective Compassion: The US Approach to Haitians Hasn’t Changed in Hundreds of Years” in Truthout.

  • Meredith Gadsby Gives BBC interview for Documentary on Toni Morrison

    July 24, 2015

    Associate Professor of Africana Studies Meredith Gadsby was interviewed by the BBC for a documentary on author Toni Morrison. In the interview, Gadsby relays the tragic story of Lee Howard Dobbins, a 4-year-old fugitive slave who died after he made the journey to Oberlin, and explains the inspiration for Morrison's Bench the Road project. Gadsby is the faculty liaison for the Toni Morrison Society. The clip can be viewed here: