Nicole R. Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her books are Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration (forthcoming), On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015), and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (2011). She is co-editor of Aperture magazine's "Prison Nation," a special issue focusing on photography's role in documenting mass incarceration. Fleetwood has co-curated exhibitions on art and mass incarceration at the Andrew Freedman Home, Aperture Foundation Galleries, Cleveland Public Library, Zimmerli Museum, and the Urban Justice Center. Her work has been supported by fellowships and awards from the NYPL's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, ACLS, Whiting Foundation, Ford Foundation, Schomburg Center for Scholars-in-Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the NEH.