Lavelle Porter is an Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, and a B.A. in history from Morehouse College. His writing has appeared in venues such as The New Inquiry, African-American Intellectual History Society, Warscapes, Poetry Foundation and Callaloo. He is currently working on a book about representations of black higher education called The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education and the Black Intellectual.