Louis Chude-Sokei

Professor, Department of English

University of Washington

Louis Chude-Sokei is the Editor-in-Chief for The Black Scholar. He is currently at the University of Washington, Seattle. With a PhD in English from UCLA, he has taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, UC Santa Cruz and has worked with the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora as well as other cultural institutions. Academic interests range from West African, Caribbean and American literary and cultural studies, sound, music and theory, to technology, media and performance. His literary and public work focuses on immigration the differences in black on black cultural contacts, particularly in the context of the new African Diaspora. The Last Darky: Bert Williams, Black on Black Minstrelsy and the African Diaspora (Duke 2006), was a John Hope Franklin Center Book and finalist for the 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award as well as the 2007 George Freedley Memorial Award. Other work includes “Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber: Reggae, Technology and the Diaspora Process,” published as a monograph in Jamaica (1997) and South Africa (2012) and was the text for a traveling multimedia exhibit and art catalogue in Spain (2003). Forthcoming book projects include The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Techno-Poetics (Wesleyan University Press) as well as a work of literary non-fiction.