University of Pittsburgh

Department of Africana Studies


Brenda F. Berrian

Professor of Africana Studies, English, and Women’s Studies

brenda berrian


Office: WWPH 4162
Phone: 412-648-7542
Web page:


BS, French, Hampton Institute
MA, French, Hampton Institute
Doctorate de 3e cycle in North American Studies, Universite de Paris III-Nouvelle Sorbonne.

Areas of Specialization

Professor of African and Caribbean women writers
French Caribbean music
Musical soundtracks for French African and Caribbean cinemas.

Selected Honors/Recognitions

Academic and/or Professional

Selected Publications/Productions/Research

Public Service (National/International) 

Professional Affiliations

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement.

Our Mission is The study, research, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge concerning African American, African, and Caribbean affairs and culture.