Competition: US & Canada
An interdisciplinary humanist and multi-genre writer, Shana L. Redmond (she/her) thinks and creates at the intersection of music, identity, and power. She is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014) and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke University Press, 2020), which received a 2021 American Book Award as well as other honors. She has written album liner notes, essays, and reviews for labels such as Verve and Sony, and for popular media, including NPR, BBC, and Mother Jones. She is currently writing Dark Prelude: Black Life Before Mourning, a speculative account of Black listening before state violence. Redmond is professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race at Columbia University in New York City and Past-President of the American Studies Association (2023-2024).