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writer , Humanities educator

Cornel Ronald West, American humanities educator, writer. Named one of 100 Most Influential Black Americans, Ebony magazine, 2006, The 100 Agents of Change, Rolling Stone magazine, 2009; named to Power 150, Ebony magazine, 2007, 2008; recipient Literary Lion award, New York Public Library., 1993. Board directors International Bridges to Justice; Member of Democratic Socialists of America.


West, Cornel Ronald was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Clifton L. and Irene (Bias) West.


Bachelor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973. Master of Arts, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1980.


Professor religion Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1977—1984, 1988, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, 1984-1987. Professor religion, director department Afro-American Studies Princeton University, 1988-1994, Class of 1943 University professor religion, since 2002. Professor Afro-American studies, philosophy of religion Harvard University, 1994—1999, Alphonse Fletcher junior professor, 1999—2002.

Visiting professor University Paris, 1987. DuBois fellow Harvard University.



Board directors International Bridges to Justice. Member of Democratic Socialists of America.


1 child from previous marriage, Clifton. Married Elleni Gebre Amlak.

Clifton L. W. West

Elleni Gebre Amlak.