Chinua Achebe Joins the Faculty at Brown University

Brown University has announced a major hiring coup. Nigerian author Chinua Achebe was named the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies. For the past 19 years, Achebe has been on the faculty of Bard College, most recently as the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Language and Literature.

His first novel, Things Fall Apart, has sold more than 12 million copies in English and has been translated into over 50 languages. In 2007 Achebe won the prestigious Booker International Prize for outstanding fiction. He is the recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees.