Rana Zoe Mungin

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BornRana Mungin
(1989-09-23)September 23, 1989
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 27, 2020(2020-04-27) (aged 30)
Rochelle Park, New Jersey, U.S.
Pen nameZoe Mungin
  • Writer
  • Teacher
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationMasters of Fine Arts
Alma mater
  • Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities
  • Wellesley College
  • University of Massachusetts

Rana Mungin (September 23, 1986– April 27, 2020), known as Zoe Mungin, was an American writer and teacher. Born and raised in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, Mungin was working on her first novel, Sed Ministrare, at the time of her death. Mungin was killed by COVID-19 in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic after twice being denied testing and treatment.[1]

Mungin's writing appeared in literary magazines Quarterly West[2], the Black Youth Project[3], and Route Nine[4] . In 2013, she won the AWP Intro Journals prize in fiction.[5] Mungin was interviewed by Wellesley Underground[6] and the Los Angeles Review of Books[7] about her experience as a Black woman writer in a predominantly white MFA program.

Mungin graduated from Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities and Wellesley College before studying fiction at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned a Masters of Fine Arts in 2015.</ref>"Obituary for Rana Zoe Mungin". Hennessey Heights Funeral Home. April 27, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.</ref> In 2014, she published an account about a racist incident directed at her in a workshop.[8] The retaliation she experienced after speaking out about this event prompted her to file a formal complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in 2015.[9][10]

Mungin taught composition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; New Jersey Institute of Technology; and The New School before joining Bushwick Ascend Middle School as a social studies teacher in 2017.[11][12]

Mungin's 2020 death, and the story of how she was denied care, garnered widespread media coverage[13] and outcry that questioned the underlying issues behind her deficient treatment.[14][15][16]

In the media



  1. Murphy, Mary (May 1, 2020). "Distraught sister would 'trade places' with Brooklyn teacher who died after 6-week COVID-19 battle". Pix 11. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  2. Mungin, Zoe (October 26, 2014). "Love, from Mexico". Quarterly West. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  3. Mungin, Zoe (February 4, 2015). "Ya Tú Sabes: Being Boricua and Morena". Black Youth Project. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  4. Mungin, Zoe (December 6, 2013). "never get married". Route Nine. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  5. Kelcey, Parker (2013). "2013 Intro Journals Project Winners". AWP. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  6. "Wellesley Writes It: Interview with Zoe Rana Mungin '11". Wellesley Underground. August 13, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  7. Spahr, Juliana; Young, Stephanie (September 20, 2015). "The Program Era and the Mainly White Room". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  8. Mungin, Zoe (December 5, 2014). "Dear UMass MFA". Route Nine. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  9. Bourne, Alden (May 4, 2020). "30-Year-Old Rana Zoe Mungin, Teacher And Former UMass Grad Student, Dies Of COVID-19". New England Public Radio. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  10. Mungin, Zoe (August 13, 2015). "Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Complaint" (PDF). Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  11. "Obituary for Rana Zoe Mungin". Hennessey Heights Funeral Home. April 27, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  12. Margosian, Lisa (April 28, 2020). "Statement on the passing of Rana Zoe Mungin". Ascend Press Release. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  13. Johnson, Paula A. (May 31, 2020). "A 30-year-old teacher's Covid-19 death tells us volumes". CNN. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  14. Murphy, Mary (March 26, 2020). "Schumer, drug company go to bat for COVID-19 teacher". Pix 11. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  15. Buttigieg, Pete (March 26, 2020). "A major reason for the racial maternal mortality gap is that Black patients are less likely to be believed. It will be another stain on our country if the same patterns of bias create a COVID-19 treatment gap". Twitter. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  16. Bucholtz, Andrew (May 26, 2020). "Real Sports airs criticisms of NBA COVID-19 testing and sports PPP funding, reveals 27 MLB and NHL teams didn't answer a PPP question". Awful Announcing. Retrieved October 5, 2020.

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