Joseph Clarke received his BA from Fordham University and his MA and PhD from Rutgers University, where he completed a dissertation on modernism and Caribbean literature entitled An Acre of Ground: Figuring Identity in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction. A portion of the dissertation is to be published as "Caribbean Africanism and the Postcolonial Social Contract." He confesses to a peculiar fondness for the work of Trinidadian novelist V. S. Naipaul. Naipaul's work has stimulated an on-going research interest in the relationship between suffering, literature, and criticism in postcolonial studies. His research interests include theorizing modernities within globalization, Africana Discourse, and Anglophone African Literature's relationship to ethnophilosophy and Sage philosophy.