Irma McClaurin is an award-winning author, poet, and “born again” anthropologist. She is the founder of the Irma McClaurin Black Feminist Archive at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. McClaurin holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology and an MFA in English. She has published more than 90 articles and three books of poetry. She is the author of Women of Belize: Gender and Change in Central America and the editor of Black Feminist Anthropology: Theory, Politics, Praxis, and Poetics, which was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine in 2001. McClaurin is a member of the National Writers Union and the Triangle Association of Freelancers, and she sits on the Ms. Magazine committee of scholars. She has a forthcoming collection called JustSpeak: Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter as the culture and education editor @insightnews.