Dr. Awendela Grantham

Dr. Awendela Grantham

Assistant Professor
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.  The Africana Experience:  We’ve Come This Far.  Great River Learning, 2016.

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 Africana Studies Africana Political and Social Thought Black
Feminist Thought Elementary and Intermediate French Intermediate and Advanced French French Caribbean Literature
Interdisciplinary Research Methods Capstone Seminar in Africana Studies Applied Concepts in Africana Studies

Service

Director of Advising Search Committee, College of Humanities and Sciences Committee Member, Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
Member, Undergraduate Academic Advising Board. African American Studies Academic Advisor
Vice Chair 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