Women's & Gender Studies Program

Dr. Linda Strong-Leek

Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies and General Studies, Interim Program Chair for Women’s and Gender Studies

At Berea College since 2002

Contact Information:

Lincoln, Room 320
Phone: 859-985-3205
Fax: 859-985-3902
E-Mail: linda_leek@berea.edu
CPO 1963

Office Hours:




  • B.A., North Carolina Central University, 1988
  • M.A., North Carolina Central University, 1990
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1994


  • Classic Texts in Women’s Studies
  • Stories
  • Arts in Context
  • Freshman Composition
  • Literary Analysis
  • Approaches to Literature
  • African American Literature to 1865
  • African American Literature 1865-Present
  • Black Women in the Diaspora
  • Major African American Women Writers
  • Major African American Male Writers
  • Caribbean Women Writers
  • Major African Writers
  • African American Women Writers
  • Black Women Writers in the 19th Century
  • The Slave Narrative
  • Introduction to African Writers
  • African American Short Story
  • Twentieth Century African American Literature

Special Interests

  • African-American Literature
  • African Literature
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Black Women in the Diaspora
  • African American History and Culture
  • Womanism/Africana Feminism
  • Diaspora Women’s Literature
  • Women’s Studies

Papers and Publications

  • Winds of Change: The Transforming Voices of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. London, Peter Lang Press, 1998. Edited with Adele S. Newson.
  • Excising The Spirit: A Literary Analysis of Female Circumcision. Manuscript Currently under revision.
  • “Reading as A Woman: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Feminist Criticism.” African Studies Quarterly,5(2): 2 [online] Fall 2001.
  • “Emerging Womanism in the Works of Zimbabwean Women Writers.”
  • In Indigenous Knowledge and Technology in African and Diasporan Communities. Edited by E. M. Chiwome, Z. Mguni, and Munashe Furusa. Souther African Association for Culture and Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe, Harare: 2000, pp. 201-214.
  • “Inverting the Institutions: Ama Ata Aidoo’s No Sweetness Here.”
  • In Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo. Edited by Gay Wilentz and Ada Uzoamaka Azodo. Lawrenceville, NJ: Africa World Press, 1998, pp. 145-55.
  • “The Quest for Spirituality and Sexuality in the Novels of Flora Nwapa.” In Flora Nwapa–Emerging Perspectives. Edited by Marie Umeh. Lawrenceville, NJ: Africa World Press, 1998, pp.531-548.
  • “Emerging Womanism in the Works of Tsitsi Dangarembga, Barbara Mahkalisa, and J. Nozipo Mararire.” In African Literature Association Conference Proceedings. Upcoming, Fall 2001. Edited by Edris Makward, Mark Lilleleht, and Ahmed Saber. Lawrenceville, NJ: Africa World Press, 2002.
  • bell hooks, Carter G. Woodson, and African American Education. Journal of Black Studies, July 2008 38:850-861

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