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Professor Steeve Buckridge

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

Director of Area and Global Studies and Professor of History

Fields: African History, Caribbean History and Material Culture, Costume and Dress, Gender & Sexuality

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

Dr. Steeve Buckridge joined the Grand Valley State University faculty in 1998.  In 2011, he became Director of Area and Global Studies, but continues to teach African and Caribbean History, and is a faculty member 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, Costume 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. In January, 2014, he was a Visiting Scholar in residence at Yale University's Center for British Art.

He has taught 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 and colonized people. His forthcoming book, African Lace-Bark in the Caribbean: The Construction of Race, Class and Gender will be released in July, 2016, by Bloomsbury Academic Press.