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Division for the Humanities

Kathleen Phillips-Lewis, Ph.D., Chair

Divisioin Chair Kathleen Phillips-LewisKathleen Phillips-Lewis, Ph.D., is division chair for the humanities, associate professor of history, and director of cultural orientation for the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education.

She has played numerous roles at the College including faculty council president, faculty representative on the Board of Trustees (2016-2018), and director of the African Diaspora and the World Program (2001-2004). Dr. Phillips-Lewis also had two stints as chair of the Department of History (2003 - 2006) and (2010-2016).


Dr. Phillips-Lewis received her B.A. with honors in history with a minor in economics from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her Ph.D. with 1st Class distinction in history; economics – Victorian England; British Empire and Commonwealth; Caribbean economic history from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

She came to Spelman in 1994 after serving as a lecturer in history at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus where she also served as secretary of the West Indies Group of University Teachers (WIGUT).

Dr. Phillip-Lewis' research work focuses on the impact of British imperial policy on the Caribbean economy, the use of storytelling and folklore by women of African descent in the Caribbean; and the history of the Caribbean American Diaspora.

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