Creative writing professor named a Radcliffe fellow

Author: Imran Ghori
May 16, 2023

UC Riverside creative writing professor Laila Lalami has been selected for Harvard University’s prestigious Radcliffe Institute fellowship for the 2023-24 academic year.

An acclaimed novelist, Lalami has been named a Catherine A. and Mary C. Gellert Fellow. She will spend the academic year researching and working on her new novel, “The Dream Hotel.”

Laila Lalami. (UCR/Elena Zhukova)

"The Radcliffe Institute fellowship is an extraordinary opportunity to conduct research at Harvard University and learn from scholars in widely different fields,” Lalami said. “It really is a wonderful honor to be selected among this year's cohort of distinguished scholars and thinkers.”

A Radcliffe fellowship offers scholars in the humanities, sciences, socials sciences, and arts – as well as writers and other professionals – an opportunity to pursue ambitious projects for a full year in an interdisciplinary environment with Harvard’s resources. This year’s class, announced on May 5, represents 3.3% of the applications Radcliffe received.

“This year’s cohort promises, once again, to accomplish incredible things,” said Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. “As ever, we have outstanding fellows with expertise in a wide range of fields.”

Lalami is the author of five books and has won an American Book Award and a Joyce Carol Oates Prize. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Her new novel is a work of speculative fiction about a museum archivist who is detained by government agents after an algorithm determines she will commit a crime.