Omari Weekes is an assistant professor of English and American Ethnic Studies at Willamette University where he teaches courses primarily on gender and sexuality in African American literature. He is currently working on a book project that thinks through the affective dimensions of sex and spirituality in contemporary black literature. Other research interests include black popular culture, black religious studies, and representations of African Americans in Latin America. His writing (both scholarly and otherwise) has appeared in Public Books and Post 45.