William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in African American history from the post-Civil War period, 20th-century American politics and the history of the Cold War. Dr. Cobb is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress (Bloomsbury, 2010) and To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (NYU Press, 2007), which was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing.
Dr. Cobb’s most recent book is Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931–1957 (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). His articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, Essence, VIBE and The Progressive. He has also been a featured commentator on MSNBC, NPR, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS News and a number of other national broadcast outlets.