Kalenda Eaton

Associate Professor, English

Taylor 217 1 (215) 572-2964 By Appointment (Email)

About Me

Dr. Eaton teaches courses in all areas of African American literature; African Diaspora Studies; literary theory and criticism; multicultural American literature; women’s literature and feminist theory; cultural studies; and writing. She is an accomplished scholar having published and conducted research in the areas of African American Literature, Women’s Studies, and Global Black Studies. Her first book, Womanism, Literature, and the Transformation of the Black Community 1965-1980 (Routledge, 2008), was favorably reviewed and reprinted in paperback in 2012. She has presented widely, been an invited speaker at several international conferences and meetings, and holds membership in organizations devoted to the study of transnational literatures. Currently, she is working on two projects: one researching the relationship between cultural preservation and heritage tourism in Central America; and the other, a book manuscript on literature, Black citizenship, and late 19th to early 20th century migration to the American West.

Dr. Eaton has been involved in key initiatives and leadership roles at the university. For example, she served as a member of Faculty Council, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the India Initiative Task Force, and has been the faculty representative on the International Programs/College of Global Studies subcommittee of the Board of Trustees since 2012. With a cohort of faculty at the university, she also helped institute the academic minor in Pan-African studies and create Arcadia’s Pan African Studies Collective (PASC), a vibrant group of scholars responsible for research initiatives, curriculum development, and campus programming focused on Africa and its Diaspora.

Eaton is currently the Director of Global Learning, a position on the university curriculum steering committee responsible for interdisciplinary course administration and development, faculty support, online course management, and collaboration with International Affairs and Global Studies units on campus and abroad. Prior to her arrival at Arcadia, Eaton was on the faculty at both research and comprehensive universities, and gained extensive professional experience in academic program administration, institutional planning, and graduate curriculum development. 

Dr. Eaton earned a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in English and Spanish at Dillard University, a comprehensive Master’s degree (M.A.) in English with a concentration in 20th century American Literature at The Ohio State University, and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in English with field concentrations in 20th century African American and world literatures with a focus on global Black women’s protest fiction and theory at The Ohio State University.


Areas Of Focus

Historical Fiction, Africana Studies, Women's Studies, Literary Theory, Program Administration and Development


Home Country

English; Spanish (reading and comprehension)


Education History

The Ohio State University 2004

Ph.D., Major in English (Literature and Cultural Studies)

Research Summary

Original Field Study/Faculty-Led Travel Courses:

"Historical and Cultural Preservation in Ghana" (Travel Sites: Legon, Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast. 2010) 

"Language, Literature, and Culture in Southeastern Belize" (Travel Sites: Belize City, Dangriga, Hopkins, Orange Walk. 2011-2013, 2016)

"African Modernism and Postcolonial Literature in Ghana" (Travel Sites: Legon, Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast. 2012)

"Literature, History, and Politics in Jamaica" (Travel Sites: Kingston, Woodside, Accompong, Montego Bay. 2014)