Alexander Ghedi Weheliye

is a writer and professor focusing on Black Studies, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, social technologies, and popular culture. Currently, he is Malcolm S. Forbes Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Weheliye previously held faculty positions in the African American Studies Department at Northwestern University and in the English Department at SUNY Stony Brook. 

Weheliye was born in Nordhausen, East Germany and grew up in Mogadishu, Somalia and West-Berlin, Germany. Weheliye received his BA from the Freie Universität, Berlin and his MA and Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. 

He is the author of three books: Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (Duke University Press, 2005), which was awarded The Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature or Culture, Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (Duke University Press, 2014), and Feenin: R&B Music and the Materiality of BlackFem Voices and Technology (Duke University Press, 2023). He has also published numerous articles, some of which can be found here

Currently, Weheliye is working on, Schwarz-Sein, which establishes Blackness as an ontology of ungendering.