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Junot Díaz is a Dominican-American writer, creative writing professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and fiction editor at Boston Review. He also serves on the board of advisers for Freedom University, a volunteer organization in Georgia that provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants. Central to Díaz's work is the immigrant experience, particularly the Latino immigrant experience.
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Díaz immigrated with his family to New Jersey when he was six years old. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, and shortly after graduating created the character "Yunior", who served as narrator of several of his later books. After obtaining his MFA from Cornell University, Díaz published his first book, the 1995 short story collection Drown.
Diaz received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.
In May 2018 the author Zinzi Clemmons and several more women publicly accused Díaz of sexual harassment and bullying. The issue sparked controversy in feminist circles regarding the way in which the race or ethnicity of the accused can change how such cases are publicly handled. The author Rebecca Walker, along with a group of academics, protested what they called a resulting "media-harassment campaign" against Díaz. He resigned as chair of the Pulitzer Prize board, but remained as a board member. After an investigation by MIT, the university announced that it had found no evidence of wrongdoing.