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

Giselle Anatol was honored with KU's Mabel S. Fry Teaching Award in 2011 and a Conger-Gabel Teaching Professorship from 2001-2004. Prof. Anatol also serves as the English Department’s Director of Graduate Studies. Her courses include Caribbean literature surveys and seminars on contemporary Caribbean women's writing, classes on twentieth-century African American literature, the work of Toni Morrison, and the work of the three writers of Black/African descent to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (Soyinka, Walcott, and Morrison). Besides publishing numerous articles on representations of motherhood in Caribbean women's writing, Anatol has 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).

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).

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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