Laurence Ralph a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. Before that, he was a professor at Harvard University for nearly a decade. His research explores how police abuse, mass incarceration, and the drug trade make disease, disability, and premature death seem natural for urban residents of color, who are often seen as disposable. His first book, Renegade Dreams (Univ Chicago Press, 2014), received the C Wright Mills Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the social sciences. Laurence's second book, The Torture Letters (Univ Chicago Press, 2020) explores a decades-long scandal related to hundreds of Black men who were tortured in police custody. He has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships for my research, some of which include grants from: the National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Research Council of the National Academies. Laurence earned his Ph.D. and Masters of Arts degrees in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology where he majored in History, Technology and Society. His writing has been featured in The Paris Review, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Chicago Review of Books, Boston Review and Literary Hub, to name a few.