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Stephen Clingman

Distinguished Professor

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Stephen Clingman is Distinguished Professor of English and former Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute. He received his BA Hons. from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and his D. Phil. from the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts since 1989, and was Chair of the English Department from 1994-2000. His research and teaching fields include South African literature and politics, postcolonial fiction, transnational fiction, and twentieth-century and contemporary British fiction. Besides his literary critical work, he has also published a biography and memoir, and has written reviews for the New York Times and Boston Globe. Learn more on his personal website.



Recent Articles and Chapters:

Events and Videos:



  • Southern African Research Program, Yale University
  • African Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand 
  • Society for the Humanities, Cornell University
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
  • Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship, University of Massachusetts
  • Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, University of Stellenbosch

Awards and Accolades

  • 1999 Alan Paton Award for Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary; South Africa’s premier prize for non-fiction.
  • 2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer and Chancellor’s Medal, University of Massachusetts
  • 2014 Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture, Five College Consortium
  • 2016 Birthmark longlisted for Alan Paton Award
  • Papers of Stephen Clingman relating to Bram Fischer, c. 1908-c.1988. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.