Francisco Goldman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Society Honors the World’s Most Accomplished Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Leaders

Francisco Goldman - Photo by Mathieu Bourgeois

Hartford, Connecticut, April 12, 2017 – Francisco Goldman, Allan K. Smith Professor of English Language and Literature at Trinity College, is among the 228 newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Academy members include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, and artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. In addition to Goldman, honorees who constitute the Academy’s 237th class include philanthropist and singer-songwriter John Legend, award-winning actress Carol Burnett, chairman of the board of Xerox Corporation Ursula Burns, mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, and immunologist James P. Allison. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Benjamin Franklin, John Legend, and Francisco Goldman – I’m sure there’s never been any reason to speak those three names in the same sentence before,” quipped Goldman. “Needless to say, I am very honored.”

A Trinity College faculty member since 2002, Goldman is the author of four novels and one work of nonfiction, and his books have been published in many languages. His most recent novel is Say Her Name, which won the 2011 Prix Femina Étranger. The Long Night of White Chickens won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novels have been finalists for several prizes, including the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction. The Ordinary Seaman was a finalist for The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for fiction. The Divine Husband was a finalist for The Believer Book Award. The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? won the Index on Censorship’s T.R. Fyvel Book Award and the WOLA/Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.

Goldman has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. His fiction, journalism, and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and The Believer. Goldman directs the Aura Estrada Prize (, named in honor of his late wife.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Current Academy research focuses on education, the humanities, and the arts; science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; and American institutions and the public good. The Academy’s work is advanced by its elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.