Robert Trent Vinson received his Ph.D. in African History from Howard University. He’s written The Americans Are Coming!: The Dream of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa (Ohio University Press, 2012) and Albert Luthuli: Mandela before Mandela (Ohio University Press, 2018).  Vinson is also the co-author of two additional books in preparation, Shaka’s Progeny: Zulu Cultures and the Making of the Modern Atlantic World co-authored with Benedict Carton and Crossing the Water: African Americans and South Africa, 1890–1965, a documentary history co-edited with Robert Edgar and David Anthony (forthcoming, Ohio University Press). Vinson has also published several book chapters and articles and reviews, including in the American Historical Review, the Journal of African History, the African Studies Review, the Journal of Southern African Studies, and the Journal of American Studies. Vinson is on the editorial board of Michigan State University Press and Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies.