About Joe Lockard

Joe Lockard is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University, where he directs the Antislavery Literature Project.  His most recent book was Watching Slavery: Witness Texts and Travel Reports (Peter Lang, 2008).   He teaches early American literature, early African American literature, comparative ethnic literatures, and social protest literature.

On the 20th Day

By January 16, 2009

On the 20th day of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, at the time of this article’s writing, what is missing is the quality of rahamim — of mercy, of feeling and knowing when enough is enough. Israel’s government no longer knows … Read More

The Unmaking of the Middle East

By November 18, 2008

Imagine writing seriously about French intellectual history without speaking French. Consider publishing books on Mayan indigenous cultures without knowing their languages. The pretense of knowledge and political bankruptcy would be self-evident. Yet this sort of intellectual masquerade occurs much too … Read More