Rafia Zafar

Professor of English, African and African-American Studies, and American Culture Studies
research interests:
  • American Literature Before 1935
  • 19th Century African-American Literature
  • Harlem Renaissance Literature
  • Food Ways and US Literature

contact info:

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1122
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

​Professor Zafar writes about the intersection of food, authorship, and American identities. On July 1, 2017, she assumes the role of faculty director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.

In 2014-15, Zafar was National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. Her administrative portfolio at Washington University has included director of the program in African and African-American Studies (1999-2003) and director of undergraduate honors in the Department of English (2007-2010). 

For more information, visit Rafia Zafar's department profile.