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About Dr. Lester

Neal A. Lester, Ph.D. 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 B.A. in English and was Valedictorian at the State University of West Georgia (Carrollton). He took his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and is the first African American to receive the doctorate degree in English at Vanderbilt.



City of Tempe honors ASU professor with MLK diversity Award (2017)

Dr. Neal Lester was recognized with a Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity award at the City of Tempe's Diversity Awards Breakfast.