Congratulations to Branka Arsić, the Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of English and Comparative Literature, on being named a Great Immigrant by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Today the Carnegie Corporation released its annual list of Great Immigrants in a salute to 38 naturalized citizens who strengthen America’s economy, enrich its culture and communities, and invigorate its democracy through their lives and work.
Every Fourth of July since 2006, the philanthropic foundation has sponsored this initiative to commemorate the legacy of its founder, Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie, who believed strongly in both immigration and citizenship. Today the Great Immigrants tribute is an archive of accomplishment featuring nearly 600 exemplary naturalized U.S. citizens. For 2019, the honorees represent 35 countries of origin, a range of personal immigration experiences and high-level leadership in diverse fields, all united through their shared experience of becoming Americans.
A 2018 article on Arsic describes her scholarship on 19th-century American literature.