Jhumpa Lahiri to teach creative writing at Princeton University


Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri will join the faculty of Princeton University next month, as a professor of creative writing at the esteemed Ivy League institution.

jhumpa_lahiri-620x412Lahiri was named alongside 16 other individuals as the university’s newest faculty members, of which four, including Lahiri, will become “full professors”; the other 13 were given assistant professor positions at Princeton. As a professor of creative writing, Lahiri will be part of the school’s Lewis Center for the Arts, and will officially begin work on July 1.

This is not Lahiri’s first time working at an educational institution. Currently, Lahiri is a writer in residence at the John Cabot University in Rome, a position she has also held at Vassar College and Baruch College, both of which are located in New York City.

The other three individuals selected for full professorships at Princeton University – which is routinely ranked as the #1 higher education institution in the entire US – are: Judith Hameira (Texas A&M University professor of dance), Ilyana Kuziemenko (Columbia University professor of economics), and Aasaf Naor (New York University professor of mathematics). This makes Lahiri the only person from those selected who is not already an instructor at another university to be granted a full professorship at Princeton.

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