Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a doctoral candidate in the department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Taylor has been awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and will also be a Northwestern University Presidential Fellow. She is active in local housing struggles in Chicago and is an organizer with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. Taylor has written for CounterPunch, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, Gaper's Block, and New Politics among others. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and a columnist for Socialist Worker.org.