Karima K. Jeffrey-Legette (NHC Fellow, 2022–23)

Project Title

Black Girls Write the Future: A Scholarly Investigation of Speculative Fiction by or about Women and Girls of African-Descent

Hampton University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2022–23

Karima K. Jeffrey-Legette is associate professor of English at Hampton University, with degrees from Swarthmore College (BA with Honors), Lehman College (MA), and Howard University (PhD). She has served as interim chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, UNCF/Mellon Programs Coordinator, ETS-AP Pre-Testing Campus Coordinator; and Certifying Campus Advisor for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, working closely with the Honors College and International Office.

Interested in African-diasporic literature and multi-ethnic American studies, she has written and lectured extensively in topics related to cultural/cross-cultural expression, having a particular interest in scholars/writers and their responses to colonization/oppression. Noted works include a forthcoming book, WATCH IT!, which examines the paradoxical nature of increasingly popular but oftentimes problematic depictions of African-descended women/girls in contemporary cinema involving the supernatural, science fiction, horror, and/or superheroes. Her current project Black Girls Write/Right The Future: Speculative Fiction by or about Black Women and Girls continues the conversation, examining contributions to fiction, music, and animation/comics. In this instance, unlike the former text, focal consideration is given to women as the content-creators.  

Jeffrey-Legette has received numerous fellowships, honors, and awards, including distinctions from the UNCF/Mellon Programs, the University of Richmond Tocqueville Seminars, the New York University Faculty Resource Network (NYU-FRN), and the Historically Black Colleges/Universities-Faculty Development Network (HBCU-FDN).


Selected Publications

  • Jeffrey-Legette, Karima K. WATCH IT!: Speculative Films and Moving Images by or about Black Women and Girls. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2023. Forthcoming.
  • Jeffrey-Legette, Karima K. “George Lamming’s ‘The Boy and the Sea’: A Littoral Artist’s Experimentation with Language and a Postcolonial Examination of the Self.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal 12, no. 2 (2015): 1-16.
  • Jeffrey-Legette, Karima K. “Mother of a New World? Stereotypical Representations of Black Women in Three Post-Apocalyptic Films.” Journal of Feminist Scholarship 6, no. 6 (Spring 2018): 1-12.
  • Jeffrey-Legette, Karima K. “George Lamming’s In the Castle of My Skin: A Littoral Figure Discovers Self-Identity and Authorial Language.” Journal of Literature and Art Studies 2, no. 4 (April 2012): 431-53.
  • Jeffrey-Legette, Karima K. “Langston Hughes.” In Icons of African American Literature: The Black Literary World, edited by Yolanda Williams Page, 139-70. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2011.