Lawrence Jackson is professor of African American Studies and English at Emory University. He is the author of the 2012 historical memoir My Father’s Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War. In 2010 Professor Jackson completed The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 the winner of four national awards, including the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association prize for non-fiction. He is the author of the 2002 biography Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius and he publishes essays and creative non-fiction in N+1, American Literary History, Antioch Review, New England Quarterly, and Black Renaissance Noire. Professor Jackson earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1997 and is the recipient of fellowships from the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. Currently he is writing a biography of Chester Himes, scheduled for publication in 2015.