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Associate Professor


B.A., University of South Carolina-Columbia

M.A., Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia

Ph.D., University of California-Riverside

Areas of Specialty

African American Literature (Autobiography and Contemporary Literature to present)

Mass marketed popular literature


Dancing on the White Page: Black Women Entertainers Writing Autobiography. Albany: SUNY P, 2008.

Journal Articles

"A Eulogy for Tyrell Musgrove: The Disremembered Child in Marc Forster's Monster's Ball." Film Criticism. 29:1 Fall 2004.

"It’s My Body and I’ll Show It If I want To":  The Politics of Language in the Autobiographies of Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll, and Whoopi Goldberg."  The Popular Culture Review Ed. Felicia F. Campbell, Las Vegas:  University of Las Vegas P 2006:17:2.

Book Reviews

Massood, Paula J. Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2003. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2004.

Donalson, Melvin. Black Directors in Hollywood. Austin: University of Texas, 2003. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 2005.

Ryan, Judylyn. Spirituality as Ideology in Black Women's Film and Literature. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, P, 2005. Quarterly Review of Film and Video Forthcoming

Encyclopedia Entries

The Encyclopedia of Women in World History.  Ed. Bonnie G. Smith.  New York:  Oxford UP, 2008. "Lena Horne" and "Ethel Waters."

A Feminist Encyclopedia of African American Literature.  Ed. Elizabeth Beaulieu.  Westport: Greenwood, 2006.  "Elizabeth Nunez" (Carribbean novelist)

A Toni Morrison Encyclopedia.  Ed. Elizabeth Beaulieu.  Westport: Greenwood, 2003. Entries:  "Children" and "The Oprah Winfrey Book Club"

Performances - Jazz

"Tea & Temptation … An Intimate Musical" written and produced by Kwakiutl Dreher. An Evening of Distinction, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Lincoln Community Playhouse, March 2008

A Taste of Harlem, sponsored by OASIS, February 2008

Sheldon Connections. Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, October 2007

"Love Lines: Music and Poetry."  Ethnic Studies Celebration Week, April 2006 

"Live the Dream" Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration.  January 16, 2006 

Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Theater

"20 minutes of Jazz." Angels Theater Company Summer Stock 2.  The Loft at the Mill. June 17 and 18 2005

"A Taste of Harlem" sponsored by the Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services (OASIS), 2004 and 2005

Community Interests

Lincoln Community

The Lincoln Community Playhouse Play Reading Committee, 2003

Editor, The NAACP newsletter: Networking News

Lincoln Arts Council, 2008--

The Daily Nebraskan

"UNL struggles to beef up diversity," September 21, 2005

"Baskets Highlight African Culture" February 8, 2005

"Film Series Alerts Students to African History" February 6, 2004

"African-American Caucus Hosts Cultural Celebration" April 28, 2003

"UNL Offers ethnic studies options: Students explore minors in African American Studies" February 27, 2003

The Journalist

"Debt From The Past" October 16, 2002. cover story

South Carolina News

"Columbia Native Honored by Top Educators Association"  March 13, 2003 cover story. South Carolina Black News

"A Word With the Author: Dr. Kwakiutl L. Dreher" The State. August 10, 2008.

Professional Conference Presentations

Plenary Speaker, University of Warsaw-Institute for English Studies. Warsaw, Poland. Bridges across the Nations: African American Culture in the 21st Century. February 2-5, 2006. Topic: "'Don't Worry, Flo. I'll Take Care of It' Taking Care of Business Through Autobiography: Mary Wilson and Motown"

"Nice Girls Do It Too! Lena Horne and the Quest for Stage Legitimacy" accepted. Popular Culture Association. April 2006, Atlanta, Georgia

Panelist, "Behind the Storm" Hurricane Katrina, Government Response, and Media Coverage." Sponsor: African American and African Studies Program, October 21, 2005.

"The Political Economy of Image Making: Black Women and the Military in Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones." African Women in the Diaspora: Political Economy and Culture. Popular Culture Association 2005. March 23-26, San Diego, California.