Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He studied at Université de Paris I-Pantheon Sorbonne and at the Institut d'études politiques in Paris and has taught at various institutions in the United States, including Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, the University of California Irvine, Duke University, and Harvard University. He has published extensively on African history, politics, and decolonization, including On the Postcolony (2000) and Sortir de la grande nuit: Essai sur l'Afrique décolonisée (2010). His widely acclaimed book Critique de la raison nègre (2013; in German: Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft) won the Geschwister Scholl-Preis 2015. His work has been translated into numerous languages and he has recently been elected as a member of the US Academy of Arts and Sciences.