Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis

Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis 

Professor of English and Director of Linguistics
Professor of Black World Studies
Professor of Women’s Studies

382 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


  • PhD in Linguistics, University of Michigan
  • MA in Literature, University of Dayton
  • BA in Literature, Jackson State University

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Structure of the English Language
  • Varieties of English
  • African Literature
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Black Feminist Theory
  • Feminism in the Diaspora
  • African Women Writers

Research Interests

  • African-American Women in the 1920s
  • Contemporary African Women'’s Studies
  • Leadership and Education in African Cultures
  • Oral Narratives

Selected Publications

  • Etter-Lewis, Gwendolyn and Richard Thomas, eds. Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Bahá’is in North America, 1898-2000. Baha'i Pub, 2006. Print. 

  • Etter-Lewis, Gwendolyn and Michele Foster, eds. Unrelated Kin: Race and Gender in Women's Personal Narratives. Routledge, 1995. Print.

  • Etter-Lewis, Gwendolyn. My Soul Is My Own: Oral Narratives of African American Women in the Professions. Routledge, 1993. Print. 

Community Service

Co-Founder and Director of Project R.E.A.C.H., a college readiness program for under-served high school students in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.