Arnold Rampersad

Biographer, Author

1941 –


Who is Arnold Rampersad?

Arnold Rampersad is an American biographer and literary critic born in Trinidad and Tobago. The first volume of his Life Of Langston Hughes was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and his Ralph Ellison: A Biography was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.

Rampersad is currently Professor of English and the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. He was Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities from January 2004 to August 2006. As Senior Associate Dean, he was responsible for the full array of departments in the humanities, including Art & Art History, Asian Languages, Classics, Comparative Literature, Drama, French and Italian, German Studies, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, and Spanish and Portuguese.*

Professor Rampersad was a member of the Stanford English Department from 1974 to 1983, before accepting a position at Rutgers University. Since then he taught there and at Columbia and Princeton before returning to Stanford in 1998.

Rampersad graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in English.

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Nov 13, 1941
Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America
  • Master of Arts, Bowling Green State University
  • PhD, Harvard University
    American literature
    ( - 1973)
  • Columbia University
Lived in
  • California

on July 23, 2013


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