Lavelle Porter is a Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College, 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, Black Perspectives, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Foundation. He is the author of The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education, and the Black Intellectual, Northwestern University Press, 2019.