Balthazar I. Beckett

Beckett, Balthazar
Lecturer Faculty
Building: Humanities
Room Number: 572
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm


A first-generation college student, Balthazar is weary of educational and intellectual gatekeepers, and he is striving to establish an inclusive classroom that simultaneously enhances critical thinking and tolerance, by promoting respect, mutuality, and intellectual risk. Aside from San Francisco State University, Balthazar teaches for UC Berkeley and Mount Tamalpais College at San Quentin State Prison, and he has previously taught writing and literature at Brooklyn and Queens Colleges in New York, the American University in Cairo, and the Royal University of Bhutan, among other universities.

His work has appeared in The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North (eds. Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis, NYU Press, 2019), as well as in CallalooSouth Atlantic ReviewAlif: Journal of Comparative PoeticsInternational Journal of Human Rights EducationPoverty and RaceSmall Axe/sxsalonSocial Text OnlineKritikon LitterarumAfrican American National Biography, and Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (Oxford University Press), for which he also served as guest editor. He has won awards for his writing, teaching, and research. Balthazar is an avid cyclist and passionate ailurophile.