Department of English

Marina Budhos, M.A.


Office:   Atrium 246
Phone:   973-720-3068
Office Hours:   Sabbatical

Department: English
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: Writing; Contemporary Literature; Adolescent Literature; South Asian and Asian American Literature

Marina Budhos is an author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction.

Her latest book, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science, co-authored with her husband Marc Aronson, is a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist. 

This past year, she also published the young adult novel, Tell Us We’re Home, praised by the New York Times as “elevated by writing that is intelligent and earnestly passionate.” Her prior novel, Ask Me No Questions, was an ALA Notable and winner of the first James Cook Teen Book Award and is currently being developed as a feature film. She has also published The Professor of Light, House of Waiting, and a nonfiction book, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. Her short stories, articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in publications such as The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Literary Review, The Nation, Dissent, Marie Claire, Redbook, Travel & Leisure, Ms., Los Angeles Times, and in numerous anthologies.

Ms. Budhos has received an EMMA (Exceptional Merit Media Award), a Rona Jaffe Award for Women Writers, and a Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to India, given talks throughout the country and abroad, and is an associate professor of English at William Paterson University. 

For 2010-2011, she is a Visiting Scholar at the Asian Pacific American Center at New York University.