Steeve O. Buckridge - #105 Lake Ontario Hall, (616) 331-8550, buckrids@gvsu.edu

Director of Area Studies and Associate Professor of History

Fields: African History, Caribbean History and Material Culture

Degrees: BA, Barry University, 1990
                MA, University of Miami, 1993
                Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1998

In 2011, Dr. Steeve Buckridge became Grand Valley State University's Director of Area Studies. He is also an Associate Professor of African and Caribbean History,and Associate Faculty in African and African American Studies. His areas of interests are Pre-Colonial and Colonial Africa, Slavery, early Colonial Caribbean, Women/Gender and Sexuality, Material Culture, Slave Dress and Fashion. His research interest takes him to various places in Africa where he has been studying African customs in dress, textiles, and weaving techniques. He has published and presented papers on dress customs among Caribbean Slaves. He is a recipient of the Ford Foundation fellowship and was based at the University of the West Indies as a Ford fellow. He has lectured in South Africa, and served as a visiting professor at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His book, The Language of Dress: Resistance and Accommodation in Jamaica, 1760-1890 was published by the University of the West Indies Press. His current research examines the production of bark-cloth in Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic and its impact on the lives of African slaves. He currently the director of the study abroad program to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

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