V. V. Ganeshananthan Awarded McKnight Fellowship

Associate professor wins University-wide honor
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V. V. Ganeshananthan was awarded a McKnight Presidential Fellowship (2022-2023 to 2024-2025), an honor recognizing the most promising University of Minnesota faculty members who have been granted tenure and promotion to associate professor in an academic year. Warm congratulations!

A fiction writer, Professor Ganeshananthan teaches in the Creative Writing Program. She will publish her second novel, Brotherless Night (Random House), in January 2023. Her novel Love Marriage (Random House, 2008) was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.

Ganeshananthan was a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow in Fiction (2014-2016) and was granted a American Academy Berlin Prize Residency (2017). At the U, she received an Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship (2019-2020) and a Human Rights Initiative Fund Faculty Research Award (2017).

Also a journalist, Ganeshananthan has published work in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Granta, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Columbia Journalism Review, and Ploughshares, among others. A former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association, she has also served on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.

Ganeshananthan co-hosts the podcast Fiction/Non/Fiction with Whitney Terrell.

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