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Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau is the author of Searching for Zion (Atlantic Monthly, 2013), which won the New York Book Festival’s Grand Prize and was named a Best Book of 2013 by the Huffington Post. Her essays have been published in the Guardian, the Believer, and the Oxford American. She is an associate professor at the City College of New York, in Harlem.



June 21, 2020 | Essays

 1.I deliver food on my bike. I’m dispatched from Center City, Philadelphia, into outlying neighborhoods—as far north as Fishtown, deep into South, and across the bridge into West Philly. Work like this is strange; the phone is your boss. Wh [...]

The arrival of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) in a Frisian village in the Netherlands on November 24, 2012. (Patrick Post / Hollandse Hoogte)

Who Is Zwarte Piet?

Winter 2014 | Essays

A holiday tradition in the Netherlands involving blackface has sparked a debate about race, the legacy of slavery, and the vestiges of colonialism. Emily Raboteau told the story in our Winter 2014 magazine.