Next Picador Professor Rajesh Parameswaran

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Rajesh Parameswaran as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. He will hold the professorship in the summer term of 2018.

Rajesh Parameswaran is the author of I Am an Executioner, a collection of short stories that has been hailed as “mark[ing] the advent of a genuinely distinctive voice in American fiction” (Washington Post) with “stories that make us 'wonder the universe'” (New York Times Book Review). Among others, it was recognized as a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and as one of Amazon’s Books of the Year, and it has been been translated into German, Dutch, and Italian.

Parameswaran was born in Madras, India, raised in Michigan and Texas, and currently resides in New York. He earned a BA in English from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School. Among a number of distinctions, he has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He has received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a resident at institutions around the US, in Italy, and in France. His short stories have appeared in venues like Granta, McSweeney’s, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Parameswaran is currently working on his first novel.

Professor Parameswaran will be teaching two classes during his term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on “Americans Abroad” as well as a short story 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 Rajesh Parameswaran

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 Rajesh Parameswaran for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly ( to discuss possible arrangements.