Russell Cobb is the author of "The Great Oklahoma Swindle Race, Religion, and Lies in America's Weirdest State." He is a writer and academic at the University of Alberta, where he is Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. His work bridges the worlds of creative nonfiction with the digital humanities. His work has appeared in Slate, NPR, The New York Times, and The Nation. His works include the eBook Heart in Darkness (2013) and The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World (2014). He spends his downtime playing basketball and spinning vinyl.