Eaton2013Kalenda Eaton

Associate Professor of English 

As a life-long believer in the power of narrative, Dr. Eaton became a literature professor in 2003. Her areas of research are 20th Century African American Literature and Global Black Studies, focusing on cultural history, race, and gender. She has published and lectured on a variety of topics relevant to her research interests. In her latest project, Dr. Eaton explores historical fiction about the western United States that places African American citizenship, fluctuating social status, and racial politics at the center.

She has presented internationally in Western Europe, India, and the Caribbean; and has originated academic travel courses on postcolonial literature in Ghana and cultural preservation among the Garinagu (Garifuna) of southeastern Belize.


  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, M.A. and Ph.D. (English)
  • Dillard University, New Orleans, B.A. (English, second major Spanish)

Selected Publications

  • Eaton, Kalenda. “Diasporic dialogues: The Role of Gender, Language, and Revision in the Neo-slave Narrative”. Language Value 4:2 (2012). Jaume I University: Spain. 1-22.
  • Eaton, Kalenda. “You have to know way too much?:” Teaching Ishmael Reed in the University Classroom.” On the Aesthetic Legacy of Ishmael Reed: Contemporary Reassessments. Eds. Paul Tayyar and Samuel Ludwig. Huntington Beach: World Parade Books, 2012.
  • Eaton, Kalenda. Womanism, Literature, and the Transformation of the Black Community, 1965-1980. New York: Routledge. 2008.

Selected Presentations

  • "Women and Children First!: The American West as Public Sphere in Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West." American Literature Association 24th Annual Conference on American Literature. May 23-26, 2013. Boston, MA.
  • “Pan-Africanism and the Problem of Feminism.” Caribbean Studies (Guest Lecture). Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College. Dangriga, Belize. March 13, 2013.
  • “Concentration on things behind…as though there were no future to be had” or African American literary history as road map for a “Post-racial” America?” International Symposium on African American Literature. Faculty of Social Sciences. Banares Hindu University. Varanasi, India. January 8-12, 2013.
  • “I Wish They All Could Be Calafía Girls: Black Women and California’s Cultural Mythology.” 47th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association. Lubbock, Texas. November 7-10, 2012.

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