colby-sawyer faculty

Olivia S.J. Smith

Associate Professor, Humanities
(603) 526-3640 |

Joined faculty in 1993. B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston; M.A. from Rutgers University; Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, England. Author of The Politics of Language 1791-1819, she is researching a book-length study on the literature of the African Diaspora and recently received a Rockefeller Foundation Award in the Humanities. Professor Storey teaches courses in Caribbean, African-American and British literature. She is particularly interested in the 18th century and in different forms of literary expression.

Several of her courses include oral literature and music. Her teaching is informed by advanced study in Great Britain, at the University of Birmingham, where she paid particular attention to literature as it functions in social and political life. She is currently researching African-American literary and oral traditions in the early history of the United States.

Areas of Expertise

  • African American Written and Oral Literature
  • Caribbean Written and Oral Literature
  • English Composition


  • Ph.D., University of Birmingham, Great Britain
  • M.A., Rutgers University
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts at Boston