Elizabeth Amelia Hadley

Whoopi in the Africana Woman Tradition

Elizabeth Amelia Hadley received the Ph.D from Indiana University, the MA from University of Pittsburg, the BA from the University of Rochester. Professor Hadley is widely recognized as an expert on images of women of color. She is the author of Bessie Coleman: The Brownskin Lady Bird, the first full length study of the early 20th century African American aviatrix. Her essays and books reviews have appeared in Black American Literature Forum, Theater Journal, Abafazi: The Simmons College Journal of Women of African Descent, The Journal of American History, Women's Studies in Indiana. Her writings have been included in the anthologies Black Women in America and Spirit, Space and Survival. Her most recent essay "Eyes on the Prize: Reclaiming Black Images, Culture, and History" appears in Struggles for Representation: African American Documentary Film and Video. Currently Elizabeth Hadley is associate professor of Africana Women's Studies, Theater and Film at Simmons College, Boston. She has been a Fulbright Professor at Kenyatta University (Kenya) in Literature and Drama and a recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship in Visual Culture and Women's Studies at the Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester. Professor Hadley is active in theater and film. As a director she is a proponent of mixed race casting and has implemented this in the following plays: Before It Hits Home, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Seagull, and Tartuffe. Prof. Hadley served as an advisor, music consultant and narrator for the documentary As I remember It: A Portrait of Dorothy West.