Meta Schettler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Educational Background

Undergraduate School: Brown University
Graduate School: Yale University, M.A.
Temple University, Ph.D.

Previous Teaching

Louisiana State University, English Department

CSUF Courses Taught

SS 180: Diversity in the U.S.
ETHS 104W: American Poverty
AF AM 150: South Africa
AF AM 27: Introduction to African American Image & Culture

Honors Courses
HC101: Emerging Voices After Colonialism: Revolution in Practice, Revolution in Theory, team-taught with Dr. Kathryn Forbes, Women’s Studies

Previous Research

Dissertation: “ Malibongwe: Personal Narratives of Women in the Armed Struggle in South Africa”

Master’s Thesis: “Rainbow in Motion: A Kaleidoscope of Readings, Selected Poems by Rita Dove and Michael S. Harper”

Professional and Research Interests

African & African American literature, race relations, contemporary South African politics and culture, postcolonialism & feminism, African American history and culture, Afrocentrism & Multiculturalism

Recent Publications

Inclusion in Mosaic Voices: A Spectrum of Central Valley Poets

Professional Organization Memberships

Modern Language Association
African Literature Association
National Association of Ethnic Studies
National Women’s Studies Association


FLAS Fellowships, Summer 1994, Summer 1995 —Zulu I, Zulu II

Personal Statement

As a poet, a feminist scholar in African American Studies, and a new member of the academic community at Fresno State, I am passionate about bringing a broad view of culture, history and literature to my students in the Central Valley. I’ve previously taught in various and variable places, including New England, Louisiana, and South Africa. I’m fortunate to have the community of poets performing at a number of public spaces in Fresno support me as my California family!