B.A. 1980 State University of New York, Oswego
M.A. 1982 University of Windsor
Ph.D. 1986 State University of New York, Binghamton On the PSU faculty since 1996
Fiction Writing; Post-Colonial Literature; First Generation Writers; Film Studies
Currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Department of English, Diana Abu-Jaber is the
author of Crescent, which was awarded the 2004 PEN Center USA Award for Literary
Fiction and the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award and was named one of
the twenty best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor, and Arabian
Jazz, which won the 1994 Oregon Book Award and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
She is also the author of a memoir, The Language of Baklava, and Origin (2007)
the first in a new mystery series staring Lena, a highly gifted, intuitive fingerprint expert.