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English language educator

Houston Alfred Baker, American English language educator. Recipient Alfred Longueil Poetry award University of California at Los Angeles, 1966, Creative Scholarship award College Language Association, 1989; fellow Center for Advanced Study, Stanford, 1977; Guggenheim fellow, 1978; National Humanities Center fellow, 1982; Rockefeller Foundation minority group fellow, 1982.

Background

Baker,, Houston Alfred was born on March 22, 1943 in Louisville. Son of Houston A. and Viola Elizabeth (Smith) Baker.

Education

Bachelor, Howard University, 1965. Master of Arts (John Hay Whitney fellow), University of California at Los Angeles, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1968.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa), Berea College, 1988. Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa), Williams College, 1989.

Career

Instructor, Howard U., summers 1966;instructor English, Yale University, 1968-1969;assistant professor, Yale University, 1969-1970;associate professor, member, Center Advanced Studies, University of Virginia, 1970-1973;professor, Center Advanced Studies, University of Virginia, 1973-1974;Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1974-1982;Albert M. Greenfield professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, since 1982;director Afro-American studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1974-1977;director Center for Study Black Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, since 1987. Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, 1975-1976. Distinguished visiting scholar Cornell Univercity, 1977.

Visiting professor Haverford College, Pennsylvania, 1983-1985, instructor School Criticism and Theory, 1987. Instructor Oxford Center for African Culture, summer 1989.

Works

Membership

Member Modern Language Association, College Language Association, American Studies Association, Phi Beta Kappa.

Connections

Married Charlotte Marie Pierce, September 10, 1966. 1 son, Mark Frederick.

father:
Houston A. Baker,

mother:
Viola Elizabeth (Smith) Baker,

spouse:
Charlotte Marie Pierce