Associate Professor of Literature; Director, American Studies
Primary Academic Program: Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Architecture, Environmental and Urban Studies, Experimental Humanities
Biography:Peter L’Official is Associate Professor of Literature and Director of the American Studies Program at Bard. He teaches courses in African American literature and culture, 20th- and 21st-century American literature, and his work is primarily concerned with how literature, place, architecture, and the visual arts intersect. At Bard, he is affiliated with Africana Studies, Environmental and Urban Studies (Environmental Studies), Experimental Humanities, and Architecture. His first book, Urban Legends: the South Bronx in Representation and Ruin, was published by Harvard University Press in 2020, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Artforum, and elsewhere. His next project will explore the intersections of literature, architecture, and blackness in America. Faculty Fellow, Charles Warren Center for American History, Harvard University, 2014-15.
BA, Williams College; MA, New York University; PhD, Harvard University. At Bard since 2015.