Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor of English in Fall 2021.

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Serpell worked previously as Professor of English at University of California-Berkley where she began teaching in 2008. Her academic career is marked by numerous journal publications and three books of literary criticism: Seven Modes of Uncertainty (Harvard UP, 2014), Stranger Faces (Transit, 2020) and forthcoming American Psycho Analysis (Columbia UP).

After completing a one-year writers fellowship with The Cullman Center, Serpell is set to join the Harvard English department alongside colleagues like Homi Bhabha, Teju Cole, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Jamaica Kincaid.

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Serpell shared the news on Twitter, reflecting that her mother would have been proud:

Her news was met with hearty congratulations from hundreds in the literary community including Books & Rhymes, Laila Lalami, Min Jin Lee, and Viet Thanh Nguyen among others.

https://twitter.com/BooksAndRhymes/status/1287807180993974272

Serpell’s new Harvard faculty profile already lists her Harvard e-mail address and academic qualifications: B.A., Yale University (2001), M.A., Harvard University (2005), Ph.D., Harvard University (2008).

Congratulations to Namwali Serpell!