Jhumpa Lahiri ’89

Jhumpa Lahiri ’89 was just eleven years out of Barnard when she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000 for her debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies (1999). Her 2003 novel, The Namesake, was adapted into a popular film of the same name. Her second book of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, debuted at # 1 on The New York Times best-seller list. Her most recent book, The Lowland, was published in 2013 and was a nominee for both the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award for Fiction. Although she was born Nilanjana Sudeshna in London, the daughter of Indian immigrants, she goes by her Bengali nickname. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, Barnard’s Young Alumna Award in 2004, and was appointed a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities by President Barack Obama in 2010. After graduating from Barnard, she received multiple degrees from Boston University, including a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. Lahiri will join the faculty of Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in September 2015. She has been appointed Professor of Creative Writing and will teach workshops in fiction and translation.