Zora Neale Hurston
Barnard graduate 1928 Writer and Anthropologist
Hurston is an influential writer of fiction as well as the first African American Barnard graduate.
Hurston is best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, but also wrote anthropological studies of Jamaica, Haiti, Bermuda, and Honduras. She was greatly influenced by Franz Boas, who was the chair of the Columbia Department of Anthropology Department.
Submitted by Allison Titman, Barnard College 2006, who is solely responsible for the content.