The Graduate Student Caucus of the ALA (GSCALA) is a relatively small group of MA and PhD students from around the world that organizes graduate student-oriented events and panels at the annual conference. The purpose of the caucus is to facilitate and strengthen graduate student participation in the ALA, providing students with opportunities to advance their research, professional development, and relationships with scholars in the field.


2018-2019 GSCALA Leadership

Chair: Alex Fyfe, Penn State University
Vice-Chair: Fiona Farnsworth, University of Warwick
Media Officer: Kufre Usanga, University of Alberta
Secretary: Katherine Hummel, University of Michigan
Treasurer: Tolu Akinwole, University of Wisconsin

Members at Large
Maria-gratias Sinon, University at Buffalo
Jerome Masamaka Murdoch University
Sreddy Yen Yuan-Chih, University of the Witwatersrand
Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu, Cornell University
Rebecca Macklin, University of Leeds
Zoanne Evans, University of the West Indies



We encourage all graduate students who presented papers at the 44th annual conference in Washington DC to submit their papers to be considered for the 2018 Graduate Student Best Essay Award (announcement forthcoming).

At the 44th annual conference, GSCALA hosted roundtables on "Interdisciplinarity in African Studies” and “Graduate Study in African Literature.” Speakers included Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Anne Gulick, Rosemary Jolly, Wangui wa Goro, Molly Slavin, Michelle Louise Clarke, Ijeoma Ann Nwagba, and Nicole Cesare.

The next conference will be hosted in Columbus, Ohio in 2019.


Join Us

GSCALA welcomes all graduate students who wish to be part of a community of like-minded students studying the literatures and cultures of Africa and the diaspora. We are always looking for motivated students to help out with our organizing efforts. To learn more about the caucus please contact Alex Fyfe at

Click here to join our Facebook page.
And please follow us on Twitter @GSCALA_.

GSCALA Constitution