Faculty & Staff
Karima Jeffrey specializes in African-American Literature, Multi-Ethnic American Literature, Caribbean Literature and Postcolonial Studies. She is especially interested in Interdisciplinary Studies, incorporating film, music, visual arts, and other forms of media and technology into her courses. At Hampton University, she instructs ENG 101/102 (Written Communication), ENG 303/304 (Ethnic Literature), ENG 307 (Caribbean Literature and Film), ENG 311/312 (American Literature), ENG 313/314 (African-American Literature), and she has offered specialized courses in Senior Thesis (ENG 430) and ENG 403 (Contemporary Themes in African-American Literature).
Dr. Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Swarthmore College. Her Master of Arts degree was completed at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and the doctorate was conferred by Howard University.
Notable works by her are: "George Lamming’s ‘The Boy and the Sea’–A Littoral Artist’s Experimentation with Language and a Postcolonial Examination of the Self" (Anthurium, 2015), "Mother of a New World? Stereotypical Representations of Black Women in Three Postapocalyptic Films" (Journal of Feminist Scholarship, 2014), “George Lamming’s IN THE CASTLE OF MY SKIN: A Littoral Figure Discovers Self-Identity and Authorial Language” (Journal of Literature and Art Studies, 2012), “Littoralia or the Littoral as Trope: Developing a Paradigm of Post-coloniality”(C.L.R. James Journal, 2010), and a biography on Langston Hughes in ICONS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (2011).
Honorary distinctions include a UNCF/Mellon Faculty Residency Award (2016) and invitations to the National Humanities Center (2011), the University of Richmond Tocqueville Seminar on Transatlantic Studies (2011), and a New York University Faculty Resource Network Summer Seminar on Classical Studies and Postcolonial Literature (2013). She coordinated a summer 2011 Hampton University UNCF/Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute, entitled ”Extending a Legacy of International Presence and Outreach at HBCUs-Social Justice and Educational Policy for the Twenty-First Century," and in 2014, she moderated a panel and was a presenter at New York University’s Faculty Resource Network’s annual symposium, entitled “The Global Imperative for Higher Education.” In addition to attending faculty development symposia to support her research and teaching, Dr. Jeffrey is the recipient of Faculty Development Awards from the Historically Black Colleges/Universities-Faculty Development Network (2012), the University of Richmond Tocqueville Seminars (2011-2012), UNCF/Mellon Programs (2010-2012), and Hampton University (2009).