Omar Wasow is a fourth-year doctoral student at Harvard pursuing a Ph.D. in African and African American studies, a Master's in Government and a Master's in Statistics. His research focuses on race and American political development. He is particularly interested in the effects of lawlessness and state power on minority welfare such as occurs with urban riots, red-light districts and drug prohibition. He is also interested in the political economy of education. In support of his research, he has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Humane Studies Fellowship and the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship. Prior to enrolling in graduate school he helped co-found the web site BlackPlanet.com and the K-8 charter school Brooklyn Excelsior. He received his BA from Stanford University in Race and Ethnic Relations. He can be reached at owasow (at) gmail dot com.