Genius: Dinaw Mengestu, Writer
Dinaw Mengestru, a writer based in Washington, D.C. originally from Ethiopia, and Dylan Penningroth, a historian working at Northwestern University, are the two African Americans receiving the awards.
All Fellows were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future and will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.
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Including this year’s Fellows, 873 people, ranging in age from 18 to 82 at the time of their selection, have been named MacArthur Fellows since the inaugural class in 1981.
Biographical information on the geniuses are online at www.macfound.org/fellows.