Faculty & Staff
Courses Taught: various literature courses, undergraduate and graduate composition and writing courses, transnational humanities courses, and Honors College interdisciplinary seminars.
Education: Ph.D. (West Virginia University), M.A. (Western Illinois University), B.A. (Kinnaird College), Certificate of Advanced Studies in Applied Linguistics (Grenoble University).
Research and Scholarship Interests: transnational and interdisciplinary scope of literary studies, cyber-literacy, rhetorical content and historical context of narratives.
Dr. Mabel Deane Khawaja was a public servant at Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia, before coming to Hampton University (HU). At HU, her academic awards include: Scholar-in-Residence at New York University; Transatlantic Tocqueville Faculty grant sponsored by University of Richmond; National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Summer Faculty Seminar Scholar at Johns Hopkins University; NEH Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina; Fulbright Senior Scholar in Tunisia, North Africa; Faculty Advisor for an Interdisciplinary Microgravity Publication; UNCF Mellon and McNair Mentoring Awards. A Service Learning Grant to incorporate civic engagement in her courses in partnership with local schools and organizations.
Dr. Mabel Khawaja continues to publish in refereed journals and has presented her research in multiple regional and national academic forums. She has presented her research at international conferences in Canada, England, Hawaii, Italy, Pakistan, Singapore, Tunisia, Spain, Morocco, and was an invited speaker at the US Culture Summit. Her publication “Children in Graham Greene’s Borderlands” draws upon her dissertation topic The Design of Irony and Graham Greene’s Novels. Another recent publication “Reading (and Writing) Between the Lines of Toni Morrison’s A Mercy was published in the English Quarterly. International Perspectives on Literature, Language, and Learning and was inspired by a Study Abroad course she taught in Bath, England. She co-authored a textbook Language of Literatureas a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Tunis in North Africa. She was a contributor and consultant for the Textbooks for a Global Society Program sponsored by USAID. Her most recent publications include "The Entombed Slave Girl of the Moguls" in The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies; “Emergence of Transforming Feminist Voices in American Fiction” in New Voice and Vision in Literacy Learning published by The International Center for Innovation in Education; and “The Haunting Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe: Mystery and History” in the International Journal of Literary Humanities