Gary Younge FAcSS becomes a Professor at The University of Manchester

12 November 2019

Award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist Gary Younge is joining The University of Manchester, after being appointed as a Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences.

Gary lived in Hertfordshire with his Barbadian parents until going to Sudan to teach English in a UN Eritrean refugee school when he was 17. Then, after studying French and Russian at Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University and journalism at London’s City University, he started working at The Guardian in 1993.

After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean – including a stint at The Washington Post – Gary was appointed The Guardian’s US correspondent in 2003, before becoming their editor-at-large in 2015. He will continue to write for the paper after leaving his post.

He has won several prizes for his journalism, including the David Nyhan Prize for political journalism from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, and he was named as 2018’s Feature Writer of the Year by both Amnesty UK and the Society of Editors for his series on knife crime.

He has written five books – Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives ; The Speech – The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream ; Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st Century ; Stranger in a Strange Land – Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home – A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South.

His books have received considerable acclaim, with several of his titles either winning or being shortlisted for major literary awards – in 2017, Another Day in the Death of America won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize from Columbia Journalism School and Nieman Foundation. Gary has also made several radio and television documentaries, on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.

He holds a number of Honorary Doctorates from universities in the US and the UK, and in 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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