Joy James is Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities, Williams College. She is the author and editor of numerous books. Authored books: Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender & Race in U.S. Culture (Minnesota UP, 1996); Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals (Routledge, 1997); Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics (St. Martin’s, 1999); and Seeking the Beloved Community: A Feminist Race Reader (SUNY Press, 2013). Edited books: The Angela Y. Davis Reader (Blackwell, 1998); The Black Feminist Reader (Blackwell, 2000), co-edited with T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting; States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons (St. Martin’s, 2000); Imprisoned Intellectuals: America’s Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); The New Abolitionists: (Neo) Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings (SUNY Press, 2005); Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy (Duke UP, 2007). Over the course of her career James has received numerous grants, fellowships, and awards. Her article "The Womb of Western Theory" forms the theoretical foundation for her forthcoming monograph, FULCRUM: The Captive Maternal Leverages Democracy.