Vida Robertson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of English and serves as the Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown. He teaches a wide range of Critical Race Theory and African American literature courses. His primary research and teaching interests are in late nineteenth and twentieth century African American literature, the Africana Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Disability Studies. Dr. Robertson is deeply committed to community engagement and service opportunities related to equality, education and empowerment. His research has led to published works in African American, Caribbean and Afro-European literature and culture. Dr. Robertson is presently developing a book length project entitled The Color of Race: A Critical Exploration of Albinism in the Literature of the African Diaspora which documents and critically examines the way “Black albinism” destabilizes essentialist notions of race by facilitating a paradoxical definition of both blackness and whiteness in Western culture.