Shana L. Redmond (she|her) is a writer and interdisciplinary scholar of race, culture, and power. She is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014) and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke UP, 2020), which received a 2021 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation with the special citation of the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Award for Criticism. Named a Best Book of 2020 by National Public Radio (NPR), Everything Man received the 2022 Irving Lowens Book Award from the Society for American Music, the 2021 Judy Tsou Critical Race Studies Award from the American Musicological Society, and was a finalist for the Sterling Stuckey Book Prize from the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora and the inaugural book prize of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History as well as being named a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title. In addition to her role as co-editor of and contributor to Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke UP, 2016), she has published chapters, articles, and essays in outlets including The Futures of Black Radicalism, Current Musicology, Black Camera, Black Music Research Journal, Race & Class, and Brick: A Literary Journal as well as NPR, the BBC, Boston Review, and Mother Jones. In 2019, she contributed the critical liner essay to the soundtrack vinyl release for Jordan Peele’s film Us (Waxwork Records) and, in 2022, the liner love notes for Wadada Leo Smith’s String Quartets, Nos. 1-12 (TUM Records). Along with Tsitsi Jaji, she is co-editor of the University of California Press series “Phono: Black Music and the Global Imagination.” She received her combined Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University, and is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.
Redmond has organized and/or worked with hotel and service workers as well as racial justice organizations. A system-impacted person and parent, she has and continues to support movements for prison abolition and writes and consults for media as well as scholarly and arts organizations. A lifetime member of the ASA, she was a conference co-chair in 2015 and, from 2014-2017, a member (and later, chair) of the Nominating Committee.