Brenda F. Berrian

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Africana Studies
  • Professor, Department of English
  • Professor; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


4162 Wesley W. Posvar Hall



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

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, the journal for the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

Professional Affiliations

Recent Publications

  • 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