Stephen Best, Professor of English at UC Berkeley, is the author of two books examining facets of black subjectivity, law and rhetoric, and the nexus between slavery and historiography. “The Fugitive’s Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession” is a study of property, poetics, and legal hermeneutics in nineteenth-century American literary and legal culture; and “None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life” was praised as “erudite, searching, and eclectic” by Tavia Nyong’o. Best’s work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Hellman Foundation, the Humanities Research Institute (University of California), and the Ford Foundation. In Spring 2020, he was the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.
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