Dr. Alain Lawo-Sukam is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Africana Studies. He holds a Ph.D in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His area of concentration is Hispanic Studies with a specialty in Afro-Hispanic literature and culture. He is the author of Hacia una poética afro-colombiana: el caso del Pacífico (2010) and a creative writing book Sueño con África. Dream of Africa. Rêve d’Afrique (2013). He is the author of several articles and book reviews published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He is also a member of the editorial boards of The Coastal Review, Advances in Literary Study, L’Érudit franco-espagnol, and has served as manuscript reviewer for Callaloo, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revistas de Estudios de Literatura Colombiana , Revista de Literatura, Teoría y Crítica and the College of Arts, University of El Valle (Colombia). He is a recipient of numerous grants and awards; among the most recent are the Hispanic Studies Research Enhancement and High Impact Research Grants, the Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award, CLA Faculty Research Enhancement, CLA Summer Institute for Instructional Technology Innovation, GCHR/RESI Stipendiary Faculty Fellowship and the Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities (PESCA). He was elected for five years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association, where he served as Secretary and Chair of the African Division.