Dr. Rhonda Collier

Associate Professor of English

  Contact Info

Rhonda M. Collier, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Tuskegee University
John A. Kenney Hall
Suite 70-331
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Phone 334-725-2307
Fax 334-724-2367


  • B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.A., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Dr. Rhonda Collier was appointed interim director of the Tuskegee University Global Office (TUGO). Starting immediately all international related matters must pass TUGO that reports to the president through the provost. TUGO will play a critical role advancing new initiatives, increasing and formalizing collaborations abroad, ensuring compliance with institutional policies. Dr. Collier will be responsible for the development of an efficient organizational structure with information and resources to serve our partners from abroad efficiently, provide our students from abroad prompt and cordial service, and to increase TU visibility globally. 

Dr. Collier holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Vanderbilt University (2002). Additionally, she has a B.S. and M.S. in industrial (‘91) and health systems engineering (‘93) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Georgia Tech, respectively. As an engineer, she worked for General Electric in the area of manufacturing and broadcasting systems. Later in her engineering career, she worked as an analyst at Cigna Healthcare. After several years in industry, Dr. Collier became interested in the people and the places behind the products and processes. 

She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese with reading knowledge of French and Italian. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar, who studied at the Universidade de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. She previously served as director of the Abilene Christian University’s Latin American Study Abroad Program in Montevideo, Uruguay. In South America, she was responsible for the safe execution of the university’s on-site program. She also was responsible for staff hiring and management of student logistics and safety. She published in the areas of Cuban literature, Brazilian literature, global hip-hop, and public theology, and collaborates with the Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies. 

Dr. Collier received grants from National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lilly Foundation, as well as international grants from the UNCF/Mellon Program. She is passionate about making students better writers, better thinkers and better citizens of our global society. She serves on Faculty Senate, the Continuing Education and Outreach Committee, and the Health Disparities Research Institute. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an international guest speaker on the topics of global women’s hip-hop, cultural competency, and Zora Neale Hurston. She has traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Africa. 

Research and teaching interests
  • Global hip hop
  • Afro-Brazilian literature
  • Afro-Christian feminist studies
  • Latin American studies
  • Technical writing
Selected Publications
Collier, Rhonda. “Mothering Cuba: The Poets of Afro-Cuban Women.” Another Black Like Me: The Construction of Identities and Solidarity in the African Diaspora. Eds. Elaine Rocha, Nielson Bezzera, and Richard Goodridge. February 2015. New Castle-Upon-Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Ltd. p. 65-96.

Collier, Rhonda. “There’s No Place Like Home: Cultural Memory in Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes and Memory.” Outward Evil, Inward Battle: Human Memory in Literature. Eds. Benjamin Fishkin, Bill Ndi, Adaku Ankumah and Festus Fru Ndeh. Cameroon: Langaa, June 2013. p. 171-184.

Collier, Rhonda. “From Hip Hop to Hip Hope: Art and Public Theology.” Walking Together: Christian Thinking and Public Life in South Africa. Ed. Joel Carpenter. Abilene Christian University Press. 2012. 

Collier, Rhonda. “’Over the Rainbow’: Finding Home in Cleage’s West End Atlanta.” Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood: Essays on Her Prose Work. Ed. Aisha Francis and T. Foster-Singletary. McFarland. 2012.

Collier, Rhonda. Las Consecuencias de la Obesidad en la Salud [The Health Consequences of Obesity]. Tuskegee Area Health Education Center, Inc and Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems. June 2012.

Collier, Rhonda. Guest Editor and Contributor. Special Afro-Brazilian Edition. Obsidian Journal: Literature of the African Diaspora.http://obsidian.chass.ncsu.edu/ojs/index.php/obsidian/issue/view/1. Vol 13, No 1 (2012).