Dr. Roxane Gay joins Purdue as an Associate Professor of English after spending the past four years as an assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. She teaches creative writing--fiction and creative nonfiction, at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her first book, Ayiti, was published by Artistically Declined Press in 2011. In 2014, she published two books--An Untamed State from Grove Atlantic and Bad Feminist from Harper. Her next book, Hunger, will be released by Harper in 2016. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney's, The New York Times, Time, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, Slate, Salon, Best American Short Stories 2012, and Best American Mystery Stories 2014. She is the co-editor of PANK.
Roxane received her Ph.D. in 2010 from Michigan Technological University in Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She also holds an M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.
Her research interests include the intersections between race, gender, and popular culture, contemporary fiction, and the political novel.