Dr. Brenda DoHarris
Full Professor, English
Dr. Brenda DoHarris, a native of Guyana and former chair of English at Bowie State University, is a full professor of English with a specialization in post-colonial women's literature. A graduate of Howard University and Columbia University, she teaches special topics in women's literature, research methods, and special topics in Caribbean literature at the graduate level, as well as freshman composition and other major courses in the undergraduate area. This fall marks the beginning of Dr. DoHarris' 17th year at Bowie State and her 40th teaching English.
She is the author of two books, The Coloured Girl in the Ring (1997), a female Caribbean coming-of-age novel, and its sequel, Calabash Parkway (2005), a novel which recounts the experiences of undocumented Caribbean immigrants in New York and Toronto. In 2003, The Coloured Girl in the Ring was presented as a play at the National Theater in Guyana, and in 2005, Calabash Parkway won a New York/Caribbean Journalists' Award for Writing by and about Caribbean people.
Dr. DoHarris has also written scholarly articles on literary representations of women in calypso and in other Caribbean literary contexts. Her forthcoming novel, Thinking Allowed, about a Caribbean woman's journey through the minefields of breast cancer, is expected to be out next summer.