Dr. Awendela Grantham

Assistant Professor / Student Advising Coordinator
granthamao@vcu.edu
(804) 828-0706

Education

Ph.D. (2012) French and African American Studies (Yale University)
M.Phil. (2009) French and African American Studies (Yale University)
M.A. (2008) French and African American Studies (Yale University)
B.A. (2005) International Studies and French (Yale University)

Biographical Statement

Dr. Grantham earned her Ph.D. in 2012 at Yale University. She works as an editor and freelance writer for websites, television, and magazines. She has published on religious movements in the Caribbean and health/nutrition topics for women. She is a Mellon Mays Fellow. She has served as the Vice Chair of Development for the Mellon Mays Fellowship Professional Network. She has an extensive background teaching in college and K­12 education.

Research Interests

Dr. Grantham researches political and religious themes in the African Diaspora, especially the Caribbean. Her background in francophone colonial and postcolonial texts informs her study of gender, sexuality, and women’s issues. She also teaches dance and visual arts theory and practicum.

Representative Publications

Grantham, Awendela. “Life Skills Handbook.” Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. 2012

Grantham, Awendela. “Electromechanical Devices in Dreaming in Cuban.” Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Journal, 2005.

Recent Courses

Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Introduction to African American Studies
Black Feminist Thought
Elementary and Intermediate French
Intermediate and Advanced French
French Caribbean Literature
Capstone Seminar in Africana Studies
Applied Concepts in Africana Studies

Service

Committee Member, Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
Member, Undergraduate Academic Advising Board.
African American Studies Academic Advisor
Vice­Chair of Development, Mellon Mays Fellowship Professional Network (Washington, D.C.)

Recent Grants

Social Science Research Council Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (2011)
Project Title: Messianism in the Francophone Caribbean

Mellon Mays Fellowship Travel & Research Grant (2010). Aix-en-Provence, France
Project Title: Messianic Revolutionary Leaders in the Caribbean

Social Science Research Council Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (2009)
Project Title: Messianism in the Francophone Caribbean

Social Science Research Council Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (2008)
Project Title: Messianism in the Francophone Caribbean

Kenneth Cornell Graduate Research Grant from Yale University (2008) Paris, France
Project Title: Voltaire vs. Diderot: Points of Contestation