Nicole A. Waligora-Davis is associate professor of English at Rice University. She specializes in African American and American literature and culture, critical race theory, immigration studies, African American intellectual history, and black internationalism. She is the author of Sanctuary: African Americans and Empire (Oxford University Press, 2011), a book that underscores the substantive legal, social, and political consequences of the state’s persistent misrepresentation of black citizens as aliens and refugees. An associate editor of the award-winning Remembering Jim Crow (New Press, 2001), Waligora-Davis’s essays have appeared in Centennial Review, African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, the Cambridge History of African American Literature, and the Cambridge Companion to American Literature After 1945. She is currently engaged in a new book-length study, The Murder Book: Race, Forensics, and the Value of Black Life.