Bard College announces the appointment of Dinaw Mengestu as Professor

Dinaw Mengestu (photo by Michael Lionstar)

Bard College announces the appointment of Dinaw Mengestu as Catherine T. MacArthur Professor in the Humanities, effective spring 2021. Mengestu, a recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Foundation Award and director of the Written Arts Program at Bard, is the author of three novels.

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Ethiopia and raised in Illinois His fiction and journalism have been published in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and New York Times. Mengestu was chosen for the five under 35 Award by the National Book Foundation and was named on the New Yorker’s “20 under 40” list in 2010.