Next Picador Professor Morgan Jerkins

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Morgan Jerkins as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. She will hold the professorship in the winter term of 2019/20.

Morgan Jerkins is an author, journalist, and editor. Her debut, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, has garnered extensive praise and recognition for how it “lucidly articulates social dynamics that have dictated the realities of American black women for centuries” (New York Times Book Review). The essay collection became a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Editors’ Choice Pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and was longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. 

Jerkins has been called “a writer to be reckoned with” by Roxane Gay and “a star, a force, a blessing, a scholar and a critic” by Porochista Khakpour. Her short form work has been published in venues like The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe AtlanticRolling StoneEsquire, and The Guardian. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Bennington College Writing Seminars, a former Associate Editor at Catapult, has taught nonfiction at Columbia University’s MFA program, and is the Senior Editor of ZORA magazine under Medium. She is currently working on her second and third books—one narrative nonfiction, the other a novel.

Professor Jerkins will be teaching two classes during her term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on the interior lives of black women as well as a creative nonfiction workshop.

The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University's American Studies Program, it is based on a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Morgan Jerkins

American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional, and national partners. If you are interested in inviting Morgan Jerkins for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly ( to discuss possible arrangements.