Donald A. Petesch

Title: Author & Associate Professor
Company: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Donald A. Petesch, Author and Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Accumulating more than 45 years of expertise in higher education, Dr. Petesch is considered an authority on black literature. He was the first professor to teach the subject at the University of Pittsburgh, where he excelled as an associate professor for 37 years. He continues to serve admirably at the institution as a professor emeritus.

A prolific and highly accomplished writer, Dr. Petesch is the author of the acclaimed book, “A Spy in the Enemy’s Country: The Emergence of Modern Black Literature,” which earned recognition as an outstanding book on the subject of human rights in the United States from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. He has also written articles about black literature for a variety of journals. Demonstrating his diverse writing skills, he additionally has published 25 poems. 

Dr. Petesch holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in English. His numerous accolades include a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral research grant in Afro-American studies and a Fulbright teaching grant. He considers his greatest achievement was to be the first professor to teach black literature at his university, and he feels fortunate to have been able to publish a book on the subject. He developed his interest in this genre of literature while living in Texas during his youth.

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