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About Dr. Lester

Neal A. Lester, PhD, is a Foundation Professor of English and Founding Director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University. He has been a Professor of English at Arizona State University since 1997, having taught previously at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) and the University of Montevallo (AL). His areas of specialization are African American literature and cultural studies. Dr. Lester earned his BA in English and was Valedictorian of his graduating class at the State University of West Georgia (Carrollton). He took his MA and PhD in English at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and is the first African American to receive the doctorate degree in English at Vanderbilt. He is the first tenured African American faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Alabama.


Teaching: Dr. Lester Introduces African American Literature I (Beginning to Harlem Renaissance) via Short Videos

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