Dexter Jeffries

Dexter Jeffries grew up in New York City. He’s proud of his public education, BA from Queens College, MA from City College and a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center; however, he claims his ten years as a cab driver mark his true education in the life of the city and its people. In between taxi driving and school, Jeffries did a three-year stint in the United States Army. Those three years in a combat engineer battalion in West Germany gave him the experience that “…gave me a broader perspective on America.” Since 1980, he has taught English at various units of the City University of New York and at Pratt Institute. In 1996, in conjunction with the film department at Pratt Institute Dexter produced and directed a documentary film, What’s Jazz? In 2003, Kensington Press (Dafina Books) published his autobiographical memoir, Triple Exposure: Black, Jewish and Red in the 1950s. Jeffries lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York.


  1. rick mann on August 9th, 2010 9:02 pm

    dexter i spent time in germany and at your home hope you remember me rick mann