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Alma Billingslea Brown, Ph.D

Professor
Spelman College Department of English
350 Spelman Lane
P.O.Box 745
Atlanta, GA 30314
404-270-5571
jbilling@spelman.edu

Alma Jean Billingslea, professor of English, is founding faculty and former director of the African Diaspora and the World program at Spelman College. Her professional interests include African-American and African Diaspora studies with emphasis on comparative Africana literatures, expressive and material forms of African-American folklore, border theory and civil rights biography.  With travel and faculty exchanges in the Caribbean, South America and Africa, professor Billingslea has taught at University of La Salle in Bogota, Colombia, conducted research at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana at Legon and has been the recipient of Fulbright and Ford Foundation Fellowships. 

She has published articles in national and international journals as well as a book length study of black women writers and visual artists titled, Crossing Borders through Folklore: African American Women’s Fiction Art. A veteran of the Southern civil rights movement, professor Billingslea’s current research is focused to conceptions of freedom, social justice and human rights by the field staff members who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  Professor Billingslea received the A.B. degree from Rutgers University, the M.A. from Atlanta University and the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas.