Amina Humphrey

Amina HumphreyAssistant Professor of Education & Child Development

Philadelphia House 201

Academic History

B.S.E., English, Certification in K-12 Special Education, Henderson State University

M.A., African American Studies, Concentration in Children’s Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D., Social Sciences and Comparative Education, Concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies and Qualitative Research, University of California, Los Angeles 


Dr. Amina Humphrey is passionate about curriculum and instruction in the English language arts classroom. Her research interests are literacy, the arts, the social and cultural contexts of education, African American studies, critical race theory, critical race feminism, qualitative research, and action research. She enjoys teaching and discussing social justice.

She has worked in teacher education preparation in Southern California for over a decade and has educated many pre-service and in-service special education and English teachers in English language arts, English language methods, and research in the English language arts classroom. She has also worked with teachers, administrators, and doctoral candidates in South Los Angeles in the areas of culturally responsive teaching and learning, qualitative research, and action research.  

Dr. Humphrey has presented her research at many domestic and international conferences. She was awarded the Ford Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship for her dissertation entitled Reading Race, Reading Gender: African American Mothers’ and Daughters’ Readings of Their Lives and Picture Books about Skin Color and Hair Texture. She was awarded the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Teaching and Research Grant at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her work is entitled It Started in Africa!: Culturally-Responsive Literature, Pedagogy, and Teacher Preparation in the Context of Nigerian Indigenous Igbo Higher Education.

Dr. Humphrey appreciates the gift of literacy and the arts. She is a writer and her first play Black Women on Sexuality: Conversations with the Living and the Dead debuted at the Santa Monica Playhouse on September 3, 2016.