Vanessa Agard-Jones is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She received a joint PhD in anthropology and French Studies from New York University (2013), an MA in African American Studies from Columbia University (2006), and a BA in political science at Yale (2000). She spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities. A political anthropologist doing research on gender, sexuality, and environmental concerns in the Caribbean, she is currently writing a book about pesticides, (sexual) politics, and postcoloniality in Martinique. With late historian Manning Marable she is co-editor of Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and her work has also appeared in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, on the website Somatosphere, and in the volume Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean (University of Virginia Press, 2011). Her research has been supported by the Bourse Chateaubriand of the Embassy of France, the Mellon Mays Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation. Outside of academe, she is the former coordinator of Oakland’s Prison Activist Resource Center and the former Board Chair of New York City’s Audre Lorde Project.