Steven Pokornowski is a lecturer in Comprehensive Studies at the University of Michigan. He holds a PhD in English from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BALAS in English and Psychology from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Originally from the southside of Chicago, Steven’s research bridges the intersections of humanities, medical history, and race. He has published on cultural politics of contagion, violence, and zombies. His forthcoming publications expand this work by interrogating structures of violence in zombie narratives and contemporary accounts of racial violence. He is currently working on book projects on biopolitics and the racial history of medicine. Steven has two fat cats and a neurotic dog.