Brenda F. Berrian
Professor of Africana Studies, English, and Women’s Studies
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.
Academic and/or Professional
- Recipient of the 2005 Festival International du Zouk award
- Research grants from the University of Pittsburgh, Social Science Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation
- The Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad and Research Project Award
- Southern Fellowship Fund
- Fellow of the National Endowment of the Humanities
- Bibliography of African Women Writers and Journalists (Three Continents, 1985)
- Bibliography of Women Writers from the Caribbean (Three Continents, 1989)
- Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music and Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2000),
- Guest editor of a special issue of The Shooting Star Review #25 (1993) about Caribbean literature
- Articles and chapters about African and Caribbean women writers, French Caribbean music and lyrics, and music in French African and Caribbean films.
Public Service (National/International)
- Hosted the 1988 African Literature Association Conference
- Guest lectures at various universities and venues in West Europe, East, West, and South Africa, and the Caribbean
- Keynote speaker at the first African American Studies Interdisciplinary Perspectives Conference, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Former book review editor of MaComere, journal for the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.
- African Literature Association
- Founding member of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.