- M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing, Goucher College
- B.A. in Mass Media Arts, Hampton University
- RYT-200 Triad Yoga Institute
Tamara Jeffries, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, came to Bennett College after more than two decades as a writer and editor for national magazines, books and other publications.
Most notably, she served as Executive Editor of Essence, the nation’s largest Black women’s magazine, from 2000-2004. She was also Editor-in-Chief of HealthQuest: The Publication of Black Wellness and a Contributing Editor for Health magazine.
She has contributed to several health-related books, and has written articles about health and wellness, personal growth, spirituality, art and culture in publications including Redbook, Parenting, Heart & Soul, Real Health, The International Review of African American Art, The Review of Black Political Economy and other publications.
In 2009, she was awarded a Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. In 2012, she was an Association of Health Care Journalists/National Library of Medicine Fellow. She also completed the Narrative Medicine workshop at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2011.
A registered yoga instructor, she is a member of the Yoga Service Council, Black Yoga Teachers Alliance and has served as an editor for the Journal of Yoga Service and the BYTA blog.
- “Inclusive Yoga Research.” Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race. January 2019. http://www.wiserpolicy.org/inclusive-yoga-research/
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “Into the Light.” [Interview with Oprah Winfrey.] Essence. March 2017
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “A Choice Between A Flag and a Future.” News & Record [Greensboro, N.C.] 23 Aug. 2015. Print
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “A Choice Between A Flag and a Future.” Register & Bee [Danville, Va.] 16 Aug 2015. Print
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “Black Health Matters.” Triad City Beat [Greensboro, N.C.] 7 July 2015. Print.
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “On Meta-bias at USA Today.” Poynter.org [Greensboro, N.C.] 24 June 2015. Print.
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “No easy answers to reporting sexual assault.” Triad City Beat [Greensboro, N.C.] 10 Dec. 2014. Print.
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “Museum needs to broaden its vision.” News & Record [Greensboro, N.C.] 7 Dec. 2014. H-1+. Print.
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “Sisters Strong.” [Interview with Robin Roberts] Essence. October 2014
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “Trading Places.” Essence. April 2013.
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “Co-Morbidity and Other Complexities Affecting Black Women’s Health.” Review of Black Political Economy. (2012).1-6. Web.
- Jeffries, Tamara Y. “Decoding the Myth of the Happy Pill.” Heart & Soul. Oct/Nov 2011. 59-61.
- “Alice Coltrane-Turiyasangitananda’s Yogic Journey: Creativity, Community and Caretaking.” Black Woman and Public Health: Regenerative History, Practice and Planning. SUNY University press. (In production.)
- “Still Gotta Get Up.” Chapter in IndexUs: The State of Black Women’s Health. Black Women’s Health Imperative. 2016
- “Resource Guide” in Half the Mother, Twice the Love: My Journey the Better Health with Diabetes. (by Mother Love.) New York: Atria Books, 2006.