Britt Rusert is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. She is the author of Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (New York, 2017) and co-editor of W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America (Hudson, N.Y., 2018). Fugitive Science received sole finalist mention for the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association as well as an honorable mention for the MLA’s Prize for a First Book. Her current manuscript is an intensive study of William J. Wilson's Afric-American Picture Gallery, an experimental text from the late antebellum period that imagines the first museum of black art in the United States.