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Paul Devlin completed his Ph.D. in English at Stony Brook University in 2014. He is the editor of Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and Murray Talks Music: The Unpublished and Uncollected Music Writings and Interviews of Albert Murray (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2016). His essay “Why Did Ralph Ellison Never Publish His Second Novel? A New Theory” appeared in Slate in 2013. He was a curator of the exhibition Ralph Ellison: A Man and His Records at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in 2014. He currently teaches at St. John’s University and at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.