(born 13 November 1941) is a biographer and literary critic. The first volume of his Life Of Langston Hughes
was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago
He 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-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
before returning to Stanford in 1998.
His teaching covers such areas as nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature
; the literature of the American South
autobiography; race and American literature; and the Harlem Renaissance
. From 1991 to 1996, he held a MacArthur "genius grant"
fellowship. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
and of the American Philosophical Society
. In 2007, he published a biography of Ralph Ellison
(1914 - 1994).
He is also the half brother of Roger Toussaint
, the... Read More