Junot Díaz received a B.A. (1992) from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. (1995) from Cornell University. He was affiliated with Syracuse University (1997–2002) prior to joining the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing. His additional publications include the story collection This Is How You Lose Her (2012) and short stories in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and Callaloo, among others.