Danzy Senna

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information
E-mail:  senna@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 431


  •  B.A. Stanford University
  •  M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of California, Irvine

Description of Research

Senna is the author of novels, a memoir, and a short-story collection, along with numerous essays centering on issues of identity, motherhood, gender and race. Her work has appeared in a range of publications, including The New Yorker, Vogue and the New York Times.



  • New People (Riverhead Books, 2017)
  • You Are Free: Stories (Riverhead Books, 2011)
  • Symptomatic (Riverhead, 2005)
  • Caucasia (Riverhead Books, 1999)


  • Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History (Picador, 2010)

Honors and Awards

  • Dos Passos Prize, 2017
  • Fellow, New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, 2004
  • Whiting Award, 2002
  • American Library Association's Alex Award (Caucasia), 1999
  • Book of the Month Award for First Fiction (Caucasia)
  • Finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (Caucasia)
  • Listed as a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year (Caucasia)
  • Janalynn Bliss, Creative Writing Graduate Coordinator
  • University of Southern California
  • Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354