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), and ENG 313/314 (African-American Literature). She has offered specialized courses in ENG 316 (African Writers II), ENG 323 (The Bible as Literature), ENG 430 (Senior Thesis), 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 biographies on Nalo Hopkinson (THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT, 2020) and Langston Hughes (ICONS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE, 2011). Currently, she is completing a book project SPECULATIVE FICTION BY OR ABOUT BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS: BLACK GIRLS WRITE/RIGHT THE FUTURE, which is scheduled to be released in 2021.
Honorary distinctions include a UNCF/Mellon Faculty Residency Release Time Award (2020), another UNCF/Mellon Faculty Residency Summer Research Award at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2016), an invitation to the National Humanities Center (2011), participation in 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). Dr. Jeffrey has coordinated two UNCF/Mellon Teaching and Learning Institutes at Hampton University: most recently, ""Black Girls Right/Write the Future!!!" (June 2018), and one entitled ”Extending a Legacy of International Presence and Outreach at HBCUs-Social Justice and Educational Policy for the Twenty-First Century" (August 2011). She has moderated panels and been a presenter at various professional conferences. In addition to attending events such as these to support her research, teaching, and service, 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 (2010-2020), and Hampton University (2009).