Achille Mbembe is a Cameroonian philosopher, political theorist, and public intellectual. He has written extensively in African history and politics. On the Postcolony was published in French and the English translation was published by the University of California Press, Berkeley, in 2001. In 2015, Wits University Press published a new, African edition. Mbembe is currently a member of the staff at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and also has an annual visiting appointment at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. He is a contributing editor to the scholarly journal Public Culture.