Cultural historian Eric Lott has written and lectured widely on the politics of U.S. literature, music, performance, and intellectual life. He received his Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and taught for more than twenty years at the University of Virginia. He has published dozens of articles, essays, and reviews in books and journals such as the Village Voice, the Nation, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Social Text, PMLA, Representations, and American Quarterly. His new book is Black Mirror: The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism, and he is also the author of The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual and Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class, from which Bob Dylan took the title of his 2001 album of the same name.
Besides lecturing internationally, Lott has been an active panelist at American studies and humanities conferences. He is a co-director of the Dartmouth American Studies Institute, and he recently served on the program committee of the American Studies Association. He has received fellowships from Princeton, Cornell, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.