Giselle Liza Anatol, President
Professor, English, University of Kansas

Giselle Anatol published The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora with Rutgers University Press in 2015. She has also published three edited collections in the field of children's literature: Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays (Praeger, 2009), and Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Prof. Anatol was honored with KU's Ned Fleming Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016, the Mabel S. Fry Teaching Award in 2011, and a Conger-Gabel Teaching Professorship from 2001-2004. Her courses include Caribbean literature surveys and seminars on contemporary Caribbean women's writing, folklore in African diaspora literature, race, ethnicity, and colonialism in writing for young people, the work of Toni Morrison, and the writing of the three writers of Black/African descent to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (Soyinka, Walcott, and Morrison). Anatol also serves as the KU English Department's Director of Graduate Studies.

Meredith Gadsby, Immedaite Past President
Associate Professor, Africana Studies, Oberlin College

Meredith Gadsby has myriad teaching and research interests, including 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. Prof. Gadsby's research has taken her to Barbados, the United Kingdom, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Grenada. Meredith Gadsby is the author of Sucking Salt: Caribbean Women Writers, Migration, and Survival (University of Missouri Press, 2006).

Donna Aza Weir-Soley, Vice President
Associate Professor, Florida International University

Dr. Donna Aza Weir-Soley (Aza) is the author of Eroticism, Spirituality and Resistance in Black Women's Writings (University Press of Florida 2009, 2017) and two books of poetry: First Rain (Peepal Tree Press, 2006) and The Woman Who Knew (Finishing Line Press, 2016). She also co-authored the groundbreaking anthology Caribbean Erotic (with Opal Palmer Adisa, Peepal Tree Press, 2010). Weir-Soley teaches in the departments of English, African and African Diaspora Studies, Women Studies and Latin American Studies. Her courses include surveys in the literatures of African and New World subjects in the nineteenth century and in the Harlem Renaissance period, women's writing in the Caribbean and in the African Diaspora, and multicultural women's literature in the USA. She also teaches seminars in literatures of enslavement and colonialism, African women's writings, Caribbean poetics, and on Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison. Weir-Soley has been honored with the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, the Andrew Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and the Andrew Mellon Travel Fellowship, the 2015 FIU Award in Service, and the 2016 FIU Engagement Award for her partnerships with university students, poets and charitable organizations to build houses and fish ponds in Haiti. She is also a facilitator for prison educational exchanges and collaborations, including Exchange for Change.

Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Treasurer
Associate Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, The College of New Jersey

Winnifred Brown-Glaude received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University (2003). Her primary fields of research include, Race and Ethnicity in the Anglophone-Caribbean; Race, Gender and Informal Economies; Gender and Globalization. Her most recent book is Higglers in Kingston: Women’s Informal Work in Jamaica (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). Her other publications include several articles and an edited collection, Doing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty Leaders Share Challenges and Strategies (Rutgers University Press, 2009). She is currently working on her third book project, Feminist Mosaics: The Politics of Embodiment in the English Speaking Caribbean.

Prof. Brown-Glaude offers ACWWS her experience as Program Director at the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) at Rutgers University where she directed a four-year research initiative funded by the Ford Foundation that examined faculty leadership roles for diversity in college and universities in the United Sates. This position involved the management of a half million dollar ($500,000) Ford Foundation Grant to conduct the research project and ensure the payment of research participants. It involved frequent reporting to the Executive Board of the IWL and grant officers at the Ford Foundation. This position also required strict and timely record keeping, and full and frequent disclosures of the budget.

Rhonda Frederick, Secretary
Associate Professor, English and African & African Diaspora Studies, Boston College

Rhonda D. Frederick teaches Caribbean and African Diaspora Literary Studies at Boston College, where she also served as Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS). Her research interests include contemporary popular fiction (speculative, horror, detective, and mystery fictions), literatures of the African Diaspora, Post-colonial Studies, Cultural Studies, and narratives of migration. She is the author of "Colón Man a Come": Mythographies of Panamá Canal Migration (Lexington Books, 2005) and articles published in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies. Her second manuscript, tentatively titled "Pop-Fiction: Genre Fictions and Black Experience in the Americas," advances a critique of literary form and extra-literary content to shed re/newed light on discourses race, class, gender, and place rehearsed in other disciplines as well as in the popular imaginary.

Opal Adisa, Publications Editor

A Distinguished Professor of creative writing and literature in the MFA program at California College of the Arts, where she teaches in the Fall, Opal Palmer Adisa has been a visiting professor at several universities including, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley and University of the Virgin Islands. Her poetry, stories, essays and articles on a wide range of subjects have been collected in over 500 journals, anthologies and other publications.  She has conducted creative writing workshops in elementary through high school, museums, churches and community centers, as well as in prison and juvenile centers. Writer of poetry and prose, playwright/director, and cultural activist, Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout the United States, South, West and East Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Professor Palmer Adisa has sixteen titles to her credit, including the novel, It Begins With Tears (1997), that Rick Ayers proclaimed as one of the most motivational works for young adults. She has also edited several journals and anthologies including, The Caribbean Writer, Proud Fleshand and the ground-breaking anthology, Caribbean Erotic, (co-edited with Donna Aza Weir-Soley). Adisa is the founder and editor of the Interviewing the Caribbean, an online journal.

Vicki Silvera, Archivist, Permanent Collections
Florida International University

Juliet Emanuel George, Archivist, Acquisitions

Juliet A. Emanuel is an Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)/CUNY. Prof. Emanuel is also the current Executive Director of College English Association. At BMCC, she continues to serve in several capacities, in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics as well as part of international organizations such as the Modern Language Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Guyana Cultural Association. Her research interests include language acquisition, and the study of the lives of women of the Caribbean particularly in the Diaspora.
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