Rhonda Cobham-Sander

Professor of English and Black Studies


Research, Teaching Interests, and Selected Publications:

Rhonda Cobham-Sander is Professor of English and Black Studies at Amherst College, where she teaches Caribbean and African Literatures and post-colonial literary theory. She received her B.A. from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and her Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland. She co-edited "Watchers and Seekers," an anthology of writing by Black women in Britain, and was guest editor of a special issue of Research in African Literatures on "African Women Writers" as well as an issue of the Massachusetts Review devoted to "Contemporary Caribbean Culture and Art." Her own essays have appeared in such journals as Transition and Callaloo, as well as in a number of critical anthologies.

Professor Cobham-Sander has agreed to accept the newly created position of Special Assistant to the President for Diversity for two years beginning on July 1, 2004 .  As Special Assistant she will be responsible for affirmative action and diversity issues for the Faculty, as well as for developing new programs for mentoring minority students toward academic careers.  She will also continue to teach half time. 



Updated October 2005