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NAHUM DIMITRI CHANDLER serves on the faculty of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Toward an African Future–of the Limit of World (Living Commons Collective, 2013), X: The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought (Fordham University Press, 2014), and The Problem of Pure Being: Annotations on the Early Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois and the Discourses of the Negro (forthcoming, Fordham University Press, 2015). He is also editor of The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Essential Early Essays (Fordham University Press, 2015). He is completing The Possible Form of an Interlocution: W. E. B. Du Bois and Max Weber on Death and Power in Modern Social Life, contracted for publication by Duke University Press.

AINSWORTH CLARKE is Assistant Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Thinking the Negro: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Fugitive Writing and the Challenge of Disciplinarity.

R. A. JUDY is Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the boundary 2 Editorial Collective. He is author [End Page 287] of (Dis)forming the American Canon: The Vernacular of African Arabic American Slave Narrative (1992) and has edited numerous special issues and dossiers for boundary 2, including Tunisia Dossier (2012), Ralph Ellison: The Next Fifty Years (2003), and Sociology Hesitant: W. E. B. Du Bois’s Dynamic Thinking (2001). Among his outstanding essays are “The New Black Aesthetic and W. E. B. Du Bois, or Hephaestus, Limping” (Massachusetts Review, 1994), “The Question of Nigga Authenticity” (boundary 2, 1994), and “Kant and the Negro” (Surfaces, 1991). He is currently completing the manuscript for a book project under contract with Fordham University Press, entitled Thinking in Disorder: Essays of Poetic Socialities, as well as working on a subsequent book project tentatively called Fanon, the Last Negro and the New Man.

ALLISON BLACKMOND LASKEY is a doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design. Her current research involves Detroit community organizations that are working toward a sustainable city, based on new relationships of work, neighborhoods, education, and restorative justice. Before coming to UCI, Allison worked in Washington, D.C., at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, primarily on federal innovation policy.

KEVIN THOMAS MILES received his PhD from DePaul University in Chicago and has been teaching for more than 20 years. He taught at Villanova University for 11 years before taking a position at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department. His area of research is in ancient Greek philosophy but he has published essays on W. E. B. Du Bois and philosophies of race. His current research in ancient Greek philosophy investigates Aristotle’s references to ants and other social animals, Aristotle’s assertion that “man is by nature a political animal,” Aristotle’s remarks on “natural slave theory,” and questions connecting these projects in Aristotle to contemporary human trafficking.

PAYAL K. PATEL, MD, is a Clinical Infectious Diseases Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with [End Page 288] a BA in Public Health and Honors in the Humanities, concentrating on the writings of W. E. B. Du Bois. She has an MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine and will earn an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in May 2015. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio before her Infectious Diseases fellowship. She is a 2015 Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship.

LILY WIATROWSKI PHILLIPS earned a PhD from Duke University and is an independent scholar in Raleigh, North Carolina. Among her publications are “Blue Jeans, Black Leather Jackets, and a Sneer: The Iconography of the 1950s Biker and Its Translation Abroad” and “Howard Fast and the Refashioning of Postwar Protest.” Her...


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