Makeba Lavan is an Assistant Professor of English at Grinnell College. Her research focuses on (African) American Studies, Afrofuturism/Speculative Fiction and Popular Culture. Makeba’s intellectual musings have been published in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies and Modern Language Studies. As part of Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, she co-edited “Realizing the Dream of A Black University,” & Other Writings, a collaborative publication of Toni Cade Bambara’s teaching materials from CUNY and Spelman College. Her current project explores the ways in which writers and artists of the African diaspora use speculative fiction to imagine and thus create better futures for Black people.