Laila Lalami is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her many books include The Moor’s Account, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her opinion pieces and political commentary appear regularly in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the New York Times. She has received a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.