An announcement emailed to NYU staff and faculty by Perri Klass, professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at NYU, and medical director of Reach Out and Read, described Rushdie as a brilliant writer and prominent public intellectual.
“Mr. Rushdie exemplifies the mission of the Journalism Institute - a centre for research and teaching in the cultural hub and media capital that is New York City - and he will join our ranks of incredibly talented writers, reporters, producers, and critics, to engage and inform our local community in journalism and beyond,” the announcement said.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for “services to literature”.
In addition to his many essays and four non-fiction books, Rushdie is the author of a book of stories and 11 novels, including Midnight’s Children, which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981.
He also holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at MIT, and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University.