Dr. Kalenda Eaton
Associate Professor of English
Director, Global Learning
Dr. Eaton teaches courses in all areas of African American literature; literary theory and criticism; multicultural American literature; women’s literature and feminist theory; cultural studies; and writing. She has expanded curricular offerings in African American and African Diaspora Studies within the English Department and developed four new interdisciplinary courses with global field study components in Belize, Ghana, Jamaica, and Benin at the university.
Dr. Eaton 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-early 20th century migration to the American West.
Dr. Eaton has been involved in key initiatives and leadership roles at the university. She has been a member of Faculty Council, the Strategic Plan Steering Committee, the India Initiative Taskforce, and a faculty representative on the International Programs/College of Global Studies subcommittee of the Board of Trustees. With a cohort of faculty at the university, she also helped initiate 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 administering courses and curricular experiences that address the interconnected and global areas of Arcadia’s academic mission. Prior to her arrival at Arcadia, Eaton had extensive teaching and professional experience in academic program administration, planning, and 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 in 2004.