Edwidge Danticat, Once a Barnard Student, Is Now a Columbia Professor

December 11, 2023

Edwidge Danticat, who holds a B.A. in French Literature from Barnard, has returned to Morningside Heights this fall as the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor of the Humanities in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

She is the author of 17 books, including the novels Breath, Eyes, Memory and The Farming of Bones, as well as the short story collection, Krik? Krak! She has written books for children and young adults; a travel narrative, After the Dance; and a collection of essays, Create Dangerously. Danticat’s memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her story collection, Everything Inside, won the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize. She has received numerous other honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Art of Change fellowship.

Recently, Danticat discussed with Columbia News how it feels to be back on campus, as well as what she’s teaching this semester and how she manages two jobs at once—being a professor and a writer.