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

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

Biography

 

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.

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.

Notes

  • 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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02x4clm

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