Jack Turner is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and Director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR). He specializes in American political thought, race in American politics, critical race theory, and democratic theory. He is the author of Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012). With Melvin L. Rogers, he is editing African American Political Thought: A Collected History (Under contract, University of Chicago Press). His most recent piece of research is “Douglass and Political Judgment: The Post-Reconstruction Years,” in A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by Neil Roberts (University Press of Kentucky, 2018). He is writing a new book entitled Existential Democracy: Death and Politics in Walt Whitman.