USD Professor Receives Prestigious Harvard Fellowship

Jericho Brown Selected to Enhance Artistic Portfolio at Radcliffe Institute

University of San Diego Assistant Professor of English Jericho Brown, Ph.D., has become the most recent Bunting Fellow addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. As a fellow, Brown joins an esteemed group of more than 1,400 scholars, scientists, artists, writers and musicians.

Historically, the Radcliffe Institute was intended as a place for female scholars and artists to do post-graduate work, but today, Radcliffe Institute Fellowships are designed to support men and women scholars, scientists, artists and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments. Fellows are given a time free of teaching, financial support and access to all Radcliffe and Harvard resources.

The mission of the Radcliffe Institute is to create an advanced and nurturing academic community while sustaining a continued commitment to the study of women, gender and society. The Chronicle of Higher Education describes the Institute as a place where “lives get turned around, books get written and discoveries are made, all the result of time spent among intellectual peers.”

Brown worked as speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston.  He also holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. from Dillard University.  His poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner, and many other journals and anthologies.  He is the recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland.

He has recently received wide acclaim for his recently released book of poetry entitled Please. Brown focuses his work on poetry and creative writing, often circling the topics of sexuality and African American male identity, which is explored in his most recent publication.

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego, a Catholic Institution of higher learning chartered in 1949. The university enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration this fall of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace brings the university’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.