David Sterling Brown is Associate Professor of English at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and a member of the Curatorial Team for The Racial Imaginary Institute, founded by Claudia Rankine. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society fellowship and the Shakespeare Association of America's Publics Award. Additionally, he is an Executive Board member of the Race Before Race conference series and he serves as dramaturg for the Untitled Othello Project, an ensemble that is reconceptualising how theatre practitioners engage with Shakespeare's work. His research, teaching and public speaking interests include African-American literature, drama, mental health, gender, performance, sexuality and the family. Learn more at www.DavidSterlingBrown.com.