Dr. Caramine White was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, as were her parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Her family tree has a rich history in Hampton Roads including leaders who believe in the importance of making a difference in the community they serve. Her mother, Caramine Kellam, was thrice the Chairman of the Shore Memorial Hospital Board; her uncle, Lucius James Kellam Jr., was instrumental in the erection of The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, which bears his name; Kellam High School is named for a relative, Floyd Kellam; and Philip Kellam, another close relative, is the Commissioner of Revenue for the city of Virginia Beach.
After graduating as valedictorian from Broadwater Academy, White attended Duke University, where she double majored in Latin and psychology. She had received a USNROTC scholarship at Duke, so after graduating, she served for several years as an operations officer before deciding to pursue a career in academia. She earned her M.A. in English from Old Dominion University, and having received a fellowship, entered UNC-Greensboro, earning her Ph.D. in 1996.
White’s research interests include literature and Catholicism and Irish literature. She has published four books: two academic works exploring the work of the Irish writer Roddy Doyle, one memoir detailing the time she spent teaching American literature in Slovakia as a Fulbright Scholar, and one novel. Additionally, she has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines, both local, national and international.
White is an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she attends Mass and serves as a Eucharistic minister and lector. She volunteers on numerous projects for the needy and homeless. She has a passion for long-distance running and has completed thirteen marathons, two half Ironman triathlons and one full Ironman triathlon; and she is a competitive swimmer and practices King Yoga. She is also an enthusiastic and committed animal advocate. She is married to attorney Paul Campsen, a partner at Kaufman and Canoles law firm. They live with their beloved pound puppies, Phoebe and Chester, in Norfolk.
Valedictorian, Broadwater Academy, 1984
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship, Duke University, 1985-88
Hayes-Taylor Fellowship, UNC-Greensboro, 1992
Fulbright Teaching Scholarship to Slovakia, 2006
Reading Roddy Doyle, 2001, Syracuse UP
Reading More of Roddy Doyle, Glasnevin Press, 2012
Running Naked Through the Streets, Roman & Littlefield, 2009
Board of Governors, Member
Virginia Opera, Member
Mayflower Society, Member
Jamestowne Society, Member