Isiah Lavender III

Isiah  Lavender  III 

Associate Professor

Phone: (225) 578-3125


Office: Allen Hall 237-E




Isiah Lavender, III is Assistant Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he researches and teaches courses in African American literature and science fiction.  In addition to his book Race in American Science Fiction (Indiana UP, 2011) and edited collection Black and Brown Planets: the Politics of Race in Science Fiction (UP of Mississippi, 2014), his publications on science fiction include essays and reviews in journals such as Extrapolation, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and Science Fiction Studies.  He’s currently working on his second monograph Classics of Afrofuturism as well as a second collection, Yellow Planets: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction, now under contract with the University Press of Mississippi.

Selected Publications


Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction.  Edited collection with intro. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2014.

Race in American Science Fiction.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 2011.


“Delany Encounters: or, Another Reason Why I Study Race and Racism in Science Fiction” forthcoming in Stories for Chip: A Literary Tribute to Samuel R. Delany (July 2015)

“Reframing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as Science Fiction” forthcoming in Extrapolation 56.1 (Spring 2015)

“Black Grit: or, Why I Study Race and Racism in Science Fiction.” Deletion: The Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies 7 (2014): n. pag. Web. 6 October 2014.

“Digging Deep: Ailments of Difference in Octavia Butler’s “The Evening and the Morning and the Night.”  Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction.  Ed. Isiah Lavender, III.  Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2014.  65-82.

“Invisible Women in Invisible Man.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 27.3 (2014): 146-151.

“Critical race theory.”  The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction.  Eds. Mark Bould et al. New York: Routledge, 2009.  185-93.

“Lebert Joseph to the Rescue: a Positive Trickster in Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow” in Journal of Caribbean Literatures 6.1 (2009): 109-24.

“Ethnoscapes: Environment and Language in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo, Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist, and Samuel R. Delany’s Babel-17” in Science Fiction Studies 34.2 (2007): 187-200.

“Technicity: AI and Cyborg Ethnicity in The Matrix” in Extrapolation 45.4 (2004): 436-57.

Media Appearances

Guest Appearance. “How ‘Star Wars” And Fantasy Movies Handle Race.” Hosted by Marc Lamont Hill with Nnedi Okorafor, Ytasha Womack, and Sigal Samuel.  HuffPost Live.  2 Dec. 2014.

Courses Taught

ENGL 7975 / Afrofuturism (Spring 2015)
ENGL 3070 / American Literature I (Spring 2015 and Fall 2014)
ENGL 2085 / Dystopian Science Fiction (Fall 2014)
ENGL 4674 / Interracial Love Narratives (Spring 2014)
ENGL 2025 / Fiction (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014)


Curriculum Vitae