Jennifer Griffiths, Ph.D. has taught college writing and literature courses since 1996. Prior to arriving at New York Tech, she held full-time teaching positions at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy/Leadership Development Center and Marymount College of Fordham University. Griffiths has served as a writing program administrator since 2003 in three different institutional contexts. As a scholar, Griffiths has focused on the interdisciplinary field of trauma studies, specifically in relation to gender, race, and justice. She is also the developer and advisor of the Civic Engagement Minor.

Recent Projects and Research

  • "Black Children Matter: Risk and Reckoning in 21st-Century African American Literature." African American Literature in Transition in the 21st Century. Ed. Maria Bellamy. Series Editor Joycelyn Moody. Cambridge UP. Invited chapter. Under contract.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters:
  • "Review of How to Read African American Literature: Post-Civil Rights Fiction and the Task of Interpretation, by Aida Levy-Hussen." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. 43, no. 2 (2018): 232–234.
  • "Feminist Interventions in Trauma Studies." Trauma and Literature. Cambridge Critical Concept Series. Ed. J. Roger Kurtz. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • "Sympathy for the Devil: Resiliency and Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive." Contemporary Women's Writing 7.1 (2013): 92–110.
  • "'My body of a free boy…My body of dance': Violence and the Choreography of Survival in Sapphire's The Kid." Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. vol 13, no 2 (2012).
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue, Violence and Black Youth in the Post-Civil Rights United States Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. Vol 13, No 2 (2012).
  • "Uncanny Spaces: Trauma, Cultural Memory, and the Female Body in Gayl Jones's Corregidora and Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior." Studies in the Novel 38. 3 (Fall 2006).
  • "Between Women: The Body, Memory, and Socially-Produced Trauma in Robbie McCauley's Sally's Rape." Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 26.3 (2005).
Selected New York Tech Box Stories

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Speaking Truth to Power: Life Writing and Civic Engagement
  • African American Literature
  • Global Literature and Human Rights
  • Foundations of Research Writing
  • Travel Literature
  • Special Topics: Outlaws and Outcasts
  • Special Topics: The Endangered Child in American Literature

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