Jelani Cobb (Writer) Bio-Wiki, Age, Wife, Daughter, Net Worth, Columbia, Journalist

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Jelani Cobb Biography and Wiki

William Jelani Cobb is an American writer, author, and educator who has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 2015. The Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, Cobb was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut from 2012 to 2016.

Jelani Cobb Age and Birthday

Cobb was born on August 21, 1969, in Queens, New York, the U.S. He is 51 years old as of 2021. His birth sign is Leo.

Jelani Cobb Height

The American writer is of average stature, Jelani stands at an estimated 5 feet 10 inches weighing about 108 kg.

Jelani Cobb Education

Cobb first attended and graduated from Jamaica High School. He then joined Howard University in Washington, D.C.

He then proceeded to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey where he graduated with a Ph.D. in American history in May 2003 under the supervision of David Levering Lewis.

Jelani Cobb Family, Parents, Siblings

Cobb is the proud son of Willie Lee Cobb (father) and Mary Bester Cobb (mother). His father served as an electrician with a third-grade education. Cobb described his father’s “huge hand engulfing mine as he showed me how to scrawl the alphabet.

William Jelani is the youngest of four children. The identity of his siblings is under review and will be updated soon.

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Jelani Cobb Wife, Is He Married?

Moving on to his marital affairs, the famed writer prefers to keep his love life private since no record of his relationships is available to the public. Its therefore unknown whether if he is married, single, or in a relationship. We are keeping tabs and we will update his partners’ details soon when revealed.

Jelani Cobb Children

The American writer is blessed with one child, a daughter by the name Aiesha. His daughter happens to be his everything. Further details regarding his daughter will be updated when established.

Jelani Cobb Net Worth

Jelani Cobb has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of 2021. His primary source of income his career as a writer, author, and educator.

William Jelani Cobb The New Yorker

Cobb kicked off his professional writing career, first publishing at a short-lived periodical called One while studying at Howard. He later began contributing to the Washington City Paper.

His first national outlet was YSB Magazine, part of the Black Entertainment Television, Inc. media empire, beginning in 1993. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundation and served as a delegate and historian for the 5th Congressional District of Georgia at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Jelani specializes in post-Civil War African-American history, 20th-century American politics, and Cold War history.

Cobb previously taught at Rutgers and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Cruse, Harold (2002). William Jelani Cobb (ed.). The essential Harold Cruse: a reader. Foreword by Stanley Crouch. New York: Palgrave.
  • Cobb, William Jelani (2004). An antidote to Revolution: African American anticommunism and the struggle for civil rights, 1931–1957. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • (2007). The devil & Dave Chappelle & other essays. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press.
  •  (2007). To the break of dawn: a freestyle on the hip hop aesthetic. New York: New York University Press.
  •  (2010). The substance of hope: Barack Obama and the paradox of progress. Walker

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