Tamika L. Carey

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of English
Office location and address
Bryan Hall 132
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2010
M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003
B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000

Tamika L. Carey is an interdisciplinary scholar and teacher specializing in cultural and feminist rhetoric practices, African-American rhetorical and literacy traditions, Black women’s writing and intellectual histories, and the memoir. She is committed to studying how writing, language, and assumptions about literacy promote and complicate the wellbeing of Black women and African-American communities at large. 

Her articles appear in such journals as Rhetoric ReviewEnculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and CultureSigns: A Journal of Women in Society, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Her 2016 book Rhetorical Healing: The Reeducation of Contemporary Black Womanhood is a feminist critique of African-American self-help culture that unearths the messages about gender, learning and community obligation circulating within three of the most popular black women’s wellness campaigns of the last three decades. She is currently working on two research projects: a study of apologia and call-out culture centralizing women’s freedom of speech controversies and an exploration of writing and healing practices in the memoir. 

ENWR 2510: Advanced Writing Seminar
Credits: 3
A single-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement-- intended to be taken during the first year of study-- this course approaches writing as a way of generating, representing, and reflecting on critical inquiry. Enrollment limited to students meeting benchmarks determined by the Writing Program.
ENWR 3500: Topics in Advanced Academic Writing
Credits: 3
A course for students who are already proficient academic writers and wish to develop their writing skills further in a workshop setting.
ENGL 3572: Studies in African-American Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Intensive study of African-American writers and cultural figures in a diversity of genres. Includes artists from across the African diaspora in comparative American perspective. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at
ENWR 3730: African American Rhetorics
Credits: 3
An in-depth study of African American political speeches, letters, sermons, essays, and book-length texts that examines the debates, strategies, styles, and persuasive practices employed by African Americans in dialogue with the larger nation and among themselves.
ENGL 8500: Studies in English Literature
Credits: 3
Topics vary from year to year. For more details please visit the department website at
ENGL 8900: Pedagogy Seminar
Credits: 1–3
This course prepares first year doctoral students for the teaching they will do here at UVa in both literature classes and the writing program. Covers topics such as classroom management, leading discussion, grading papers. Limited enrollment. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at

Pedagogy Committee, Writing and Rhetoric Program


Curriculum Committee, Writing and Rhetoric Program

2018-2019 and 2021-2022

Awards Committee, Writing and Rhetoric Program


Graduate Committee, Department of English


Steering Committee, Department of English


Undergraduate Advising

2019-2020 and 2021-

Search Committee (Associate Dean of the Arts and Humanities)


Search Committee (Assistant Professor of English, General Faculty)


Rhetoric Society of America

Board of Directors Member
July 2020 - June 2024

Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Advisory Board Member
2020 -

Conference on College Composition and Communication

Stage II Reviewer

AP Board

Standard Setting Board Panelist

Rhetoric Society of America

Dissertation Award Subcommittee Chair

Journal of the History of Rhetoric

Editorial Board Member

2021 - Casteen and Donchian Faculty Fellow in Ethics, The Institute of Practical Ethics in Public Life. University of Virginia

2021 - Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award for the Best Award ("Necessary Adjustments"). Rhetoric Review

2019 -  Inaugural Book Series Scholar Award for Rhetorical Healing: The Reeducation of Contemporary Black Womanhood. DBLAC. 2019

2016 - Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Diversity Leave Grant. State University of New York 

2015 - Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition New Work Showcase Participant

2009 - American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship