Wendy Laura Belcher
WENDY LAURA BELCHER is an associate professor of African literature in Princeton University's Department of Comparative Literature and Department of African American Studies. Her scholarly interests emerge from her life experiences growing up in East and West Africa, where she became fascinated with the richness of Ghanaian and Ethiopian intellectual traditions. Her research book in progress is The Black Queen of Sheba: A Global History of an African Idea. She has published several books, several co-edited volumes, and many articles, receiving national awards for her writing, including the Dick Goldensohn Grant for Innovative Journalism, the Washington State Governors Writers Award, and the PEN Society Martha Albrand Award Finalist. Her book Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success is a best-seller.
Awards and Recognition
- PEN Society Martha Albrand Award Finalist 1988. For outstanding first book of nonfiction; judged by Annie Dillard & Allen Ginsberg.
- Washington State Governors Writers Award 1989. For outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year.
- African Studies Association Bethwell A. Ogot Award Finalist 2013. Nominated for Abyssinia’s Samuel Johnson as the best book on East Africa published in the previous year.