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Dr. Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis is Professor of English, Black World Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Etter-Lewis teaches a variety of interdisciplinary courses. Most recently she taught a course on black British Writers at the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg which included a five-day study tour in London. In 2007 she founded a college readiness program (Project REACH, now known as Dream Keepers) for underrepresented high school students in the greater Cincinnati area. The program was awarded an internal grant ($150,000) in 2015 and has become a university practicum offered each semester. Dr. Etter-Lewis’ interest in women of color and education has taken her to various countries for research: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Lesotho, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya. Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis became a Bahá’i in 1966 and has served on several local governing bodies in the Bahá’i communities. She is the author of several books and articles including:
Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Bahá’is in North America. Co-edited with Richard Thomas. (Wilmette, Illinois: Bahá’i Publishing Trust, 2006)
Unrelated Kin: Race and Gender in Women’s Personal Narratives. Co-edited with Michele Foster. (New York: Routledge, 1996)
My Soul Is My Own: Oral Narratives of African American Women in the Professions. (New York: Routledge, 1993)