Reading in Tamagawa Garden

Melissa Stephens

  • B.A. (Waterloo)
  • MA (Alberta)
  • PhD (Alberta)
Melissa Stephens

Wherever I work, I search for productive intersections between teaching, research, and community activism. I encourage students to embrace the unfamiliar challenges of new material, but also to build upon the strength of their own life experiences. I am energized by the belief that we can all serve as mentors and as resources to each other.

My doctoral expertise is in post-colonial and globalization studies with a focus on Black Caribbean and American literature. I am committed to research and activism focused on Black feminist and indigenous perspectives. My passion for travel literature, women’s writing, auto/biography, creative reportage, and documentary film is evident in many courses that I teach.

I use she/her and they/their pronouns. I strive to teach material from an anti-racist perspective that supports diverse experiences and backgrounds, including diverse genders and sexualities. I welcome students to work with me on projects related to these and many other areas. Please see course listings for current or upcoming courses that I teach.