Professor Chanan Tigay Lands Coveted Fellowship at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute

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San Francisco State University News
June 5, 2019

Creative Writing Associate Professor Chanan Tigay has been named a 2019 – 2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, joining more than 50 women and men as they pursue work across the sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts.

Tigay will pursue an individual project in a community dedicated to exploration and inquiry at Harvard’s institute for advanced study.

“This is a remarkable class of fellows,” Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin says. “Radcliffe’s Fellowship Program — a microcosm of the institute — is a laboratory of ideas where scholars, artists, scientists and practitioners draw insights from one another and generate new knowledge that spans disciplinary boundaries. I am extraordinarily excited to see what emerges from this incredible group of individuals in the year ahead.”

While in residence, fellows at the Radcliffe Institute present lectures and exhibitions to the public, participate in cross-disciplinary study groups and work closely with undergraduate Harvard students who serve as research partners.

Tigay is an award-winning writer and journalist who has covered the Middle East, the September 11 terrorist attacks and the United Nations for numerous magazines, newspapers and wires. Author of The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible (Ecco/HarperCollins), Tigay appeared in the recent History Channel special The God Code.

Born in Jerusalem, Tigay holds degrees from Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania and was an investigative reporting fellow at University of California, Berkeley. He joined the San Francisco State faculty in 2012.

“I am grateful to the Radcliffe Institute for its extraordinary generosity, and to the SFSU Creative Writing Department, the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and University administration for supporting me as I pursue this unique opportunity,” Tigay says. “I look forward to spending the year thinking deeply and writing feverishly.”

The Radcliffe Institute has awarded more than 900 fellowships since its founding in 1999.

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