Scott is associate professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches literature and creative writing. He is the author of Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination (NYU Press 2010), winner of the 2011 Alan Bray Memorial Prize for Queer Studies of the Modern Language Association. Scott is also the author of the novels Hex (2007) and Traitor to the Race(1995), and the editor of Best Black Gay Erotica (2004). His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Freedom in This Village (2005), Black Like Us (2002), Giant Steps (2000), Shade (1996) and Ancestral House (1995), as well as in the erotica collections Flesh and the Word 4(1997) and Inside Him (2006). He has published essays in Callaloo, GLQ, The Americas Review, and American Literary History.