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


  • 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.

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.