Laura Chrisman is an author, critic and scholar. She is Nancy Ketcham Endowed Chair of English at the University of Washington, where she teaches African, black diaspora, and postcolonial studies, as well as modern literatures in English. She is President of the Black World Foundation, a non-profit organization that founded The Black Scholar Journal and now publishes it in conjunction with Routledge. She has interests in all of the arts, and in their intersections. As a cultural critic, archivist and granddaughter, Laura runs the Byron Randall Project, which curates, preserves and promotes the work of West Coast visual artist Byron Randall. She is on the Board of Directors of The Seagull Project, a Seattle theatre company dedicated to the works of Anton Chekhov. From an African American, Ashkenazi Jewish and Anglo family of artists, social activists and teachers, Laura grew up in San Francisco, Scotland and England, and has lived in Seattle since 2005. She is currently working on an academic study of black South African/black American relationships, and on a memoir.