Achille Mbembe is research professor in history and politics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and visiting professor in the Department of Romance Studies, Duke University. He is also a convener of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC) and editor of The Johannesburg Salon, an online cultural magazine. He is the author of numerous books in French and has published extensively in some of the major journals in France. His work has been translated in English, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. His latest book is Critique de la raison nègre.