Frank B. Wilderson III

Frank B. Wilderson III is Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of African American Studies, and a core faculty member of the Culture & Theory Ph.D. Program at UC Irvine. He is an award-winning writer whose books include Afropessimism (Liveright/W.W. Norton 2020); Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid (Duke University Press 2015); and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke University Press 2010). 

Wilderson was one of two Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress  in South Africa during the apartheid era. During this time, he was also was a cadre in the underground.

His literary awards include The American Book Award; The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for Creative Nonfiction; The Maya Angelou Award for Best Fiction Portraying the Black Experience in America; and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Afropessimism has been Long Listed for the National Book Award (Nonfiction category). Wilderson was educated at Dartmouth College (A.B Government and Philosophy), Columbia University (MFA/Fiction Writing), and UC Berkeley (PhD/Rhetoric).

Frank B. Wilderson III is an award-winning writer whose books include Afropessimism, Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid; and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms
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