Farah Jasmine Griffin

Farah Jasmine Griffin is inaugural chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University, where she also serves as the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature.  She is the author or editor of eight books, including the forthcoming Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature (Norton, September 2021). Ms. Griffin's essays and articles on issues of race, gender, feminism, jazz, and cultural politics have appeared in Essence, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, Artforum, and numerous other publications.  She is also a frequent radio commentator on political and cultural issues.  Ms. Griffin has collaborated with musician Geri Allen and director and actor S. Epatha Merkerson on two theatrical projects.  The first, Geri Allen and Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo, premiered on the main stage of the Apollo Theater in May 2013; the second, A Conversation with Mary Lou, premiered at Harlem Stage in March 2014 and was performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May 2016.  Ms. Griffin received her BA from Harvard and her PhD in American studies from Yale.