Assistant Professor, Creative Writing
University of California, Riverside
Laila Lalami is a novelist and professor. Born and raised in Morocco, she earned her BA in English from Université Mohammed V in Rabat; her MA from University College, London; and her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek and elsewhere. Lalami is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and Secret Son, which was nominated for the Orange Prize. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.