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Gladys Haddad

Adjunct Professor of American Studies and Director, Western Reserve Studies Symposium


Gladys Haddad is Professor of American Studies at Case Western Reserve University (1990- ). She is the founder and director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposia, an annual event that offers a traditional forum available online at and its successor, a ‘virtual’ Symposium broadcast series titled Regionally Speaking that can be accessed at and heard on the University radio station WRUW 91.1 FM. All are designed to explore the history and culture and address the contemporary issues of a distinctive northeastern Ohio region.  She is Professor of American Studies Emerita at Lake Erie College where she was academic dean and executive assistant to the President (1963-1989).

A historian and regionalist, her scholarship is centered in Ohio’s Western Reserve. She has published on the history, literature and art of the region. She is the author of Ohio’s Western Reserve: A Regional Reader, Anthology of Western Reserve Literature and Laukhuff’s Book Store: Cleveland’s Literary and Artistic Landmark: An Epilogue. She recently completed a biography entitled Flora Stone Mather: Daughter of Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue and Ohio’s Western Reserve. It was awarded the 2008 Ohio Genealogical Society Willliam H. & Benjamin Harrison Award for an Ohio related family history.

A writer/producer of video documentaries, she has completed a trilogy on the Mathers, a notable Western Reserve family, who as proprietors of the Connecticut Land Co., came here to settle early in the 19th century. The videos are Samuel Mather: Vision, Leadership, Generosity, Samuel and Flora Stone Mather: Partners in Philanthropy and Flora Stone Mather: A Legacy of Stewardship.  She is the Project Archivist, Research and Author of the CASE WEB site “Selected Philanthropic Families of Case Western Reserve University” available on line at

She holds a B.A from Allegheny College, B.F.A. Lake Erie College, M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies, Case Western Reserve University.


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Case Western Reserve University
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Cleveland, OH 44106-7107

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