Xavier Livermon received his B.A. in Political Science from UC San Diego, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. His dissertation, entitled "Kwaito Bodies in African Diaspora Space: The Politics of Popular Music in Post-Apartheid South Africa" examines how popular performance cultures in post-apartheid South Africa are shaped by Afrodiasporic consciousness as well as the effect these popular performance cultures have on rapidly changing sociopolitical circumstances in contemporary South Africa. His research interests include examining the role of Africa in African Diaspora Studies, gender and sexuality in the African Diaspora, Black Cultural Studies, and Music and Performance cultures of the African Diaspora. From 2006-2008 he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.