Trimiko Melancon is an associate professor of English, African American Studies, and Women’s Studies, and is co-director of the Women’s Studies Program, at Loyola University in New Orleans. She is the award-winning author of Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation and co-editor of Black Female Sexualities. With research interests primarily in African American and American literary and cultural studies; critical race, gender, and sexuality studies; African American and Black German studies; and race, media, and cultural production, her work appears in a variety of journals: African American Review, Callaloo, Reconstruction, Journal of Popular Culture, and Black Scholar, among other venues: Ms., Good Men Project, Black Perspectives and Huffington Post, where she is a contributing writer and blogger. An inaugural fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University and the Anna Julia Cooper Project at Tulane University, she has held numerous distinguished positions: as the J. William Fulbright Scholar of American Literature and American Studies in Berlin, Germany, Mellon Mays University Fellow, Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholar, and Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Fellow. Follow her on Twitter @trimikomelancon.