Neal A. Lester, Foundation Professor of English and the founding director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University, has been selected to receive the Francis Andrew March Award from the Modern Language Association. The award recognizes exceptional service to the profession of English. Professor Lester will receive the honor at the association’s meeting in Vancouver in January.
Dr. Lester joined the faculty at Arizona State in 1997. He is the author of several books including Once Upon a Time in a Different World: Issues and Ideas in African American Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2007).
Professor Lester was the valedictorian of his graduating class at the University of West Georgia. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.