Karah Stokes, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Academic Affairs
School of Humanities and Performing Arts

J.S. Hathaway Hall
Suite 414F
204 University Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601


Phone: (502) 597-6439
Email: karah.stokes@kysu.edu


Dr. Stokes regularly teaches Freshman Composition, Introduction to Literature, and African American Literature, as well as IGS 301. Her field of specialization is American women writers of color, especially Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor and Louise Erdrich. View a sample of her literary criticism. She has recently begun to publish on Charles W. Chesnutt and Octavia E. Butler. Dr .Stokes has also published poems in Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Culture and Literature, Journal of Kentucky Studies, KSU’s The Kentucky River, and other literary magazines. A song she wrote, “The Mourning Cloak,” was recorded by Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands, a bluegrass band based in California, on its 2006 release The Golden West, and saw airplay on XM Radio.

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D. University of Miami