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Driven by her passion of literature and writing, Dr. Miriam Gyimah pursued her higher education training until acquiring her doctorate. She holds a BA and an MA in English from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, respectively and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University, where she was a Clifford Clark Fellow. She was also awarded a Dissertation Fellowship for two years at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.
After earning her doctorate, Miriam promptly began teaching as Assistant Professor of English Literature and African Studies at her undergraduate alma mater. She has contributed scholarly essays to literary anthologies. Miriam later took a sabbatical from teaching and worked as a senior policy analyst and technical writer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for nearly six years. She recently returned to her first love, teaching, and is currently an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus, where she teaches English.
Miriam is also a novelist. Ekua: A Year in the Life of a Girl is her first long creative work. Miriam always comes to class ready to inspire and help students to think, verbally express themselves as well as write critically about issues and ideas explored in literature, connecting them to historical, cultural and everyday experiences.