Distinguished Writer in Residence
Primary Academic Program: Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Art History, Written Arts
B.A., Kalamazoo College; M.A., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; M.Phil., Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University. Author of Open City
(Random House, 2011; winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the New York City Book Award, short-listed for National Book Critics Circle Award; Every Day Is for the Thief
(Cassava Press, 2007); articles in New Yorker, Transition, Tin House, Farafina
, and other magazines and journals. Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities (2001–02); Chinua Achebe Fellow, Bard College (2011). Has taught at Hofstra, Columbia, and New York universities. At Bard since 2011.