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College of Arts and Sciences

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Assistant Professor, English

 Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Academic focus:

Fiction, television studies

Current research project: 

Writing a novel

Previous positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Creative writing, University of Illinois, 2018-2019

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., English, Vanderbilt, 2009
  • M.A., English, Vanderbilt, 2005
  • B.A., English, California State University San Bernardino, 2004

Last book read:

“Lot” by Bryan Washington

In your own time/when not working:

Dancing, making things

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Narrative Writing, Creative Writing

What most excites you about Cornell:

The long history of critical engagement with the humanities and the legacy of major writers like Toni Morrison