Naima has taught writing in a range of settings, from prison to after-school programs, and university classrooms. She taught a pilot course, Readings in American Studies, for the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University. Naima is also a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned her M.F.A. in Writing. She also holds an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Fordham University, as well as a B.A. from Yale University, where she studied English with a Concentration in Writing and African American Studies with a Concentration in Literature.
As a teacher of writing, Naima’s interests include life writing in its various forms, uses of the first person, literature of the Black Diaspora and Black Atlantic, contemporary literary fiction, the op-ed, and first-year composition. Her approach in the classroom emphasizes listening, collaboration, self-reflection and adopting a recursive approach to both writing and reading.