Frank B. Wilderson
University of California, Irvine
Frank B. Wilderson III is professor and chair of African American Studies and a core faculty member of the Culture & Theory Ph.D. Program at UC Irvine. He is an award-winning writer whose books include Afropessimism (Liveright/W.W. Norton 2020), Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (Duke University Press 2015), and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke University Press 2010). He spent five and a half years in South Africa, where he was one of two Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress during the apartheid era. He also was a cadre in the underground. His literary awards include The American Book Award, The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Creative Nonfiction, The Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Wilderson was educated at Dartmouth College (A.B Government and Philosophy), Columbia University (MFA/Fiction Writing), and UC Berkeley (PhD/Rhetoric).