Saidiya Hartman is the author of Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), and her newest book is Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments (forthcoming, Norton 2019). She is on the editorial board of Callaloo, a journal of literature, art, and culture of the African Diaspora. She is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is currently a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded a Cullman, Fulbright, Rockefeller, Whitney Oates, and University of California President’s Fellow.