Vincent Barletta is an author and tenured associate professor of Comparative Literature and Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. He is also a research associate at the university's Europe Center and an associate faculty in the Center for African Studies, the Center for Latin American studies, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. Barletta's primary areas of research and teaching include medieval and early modern Iberian literature, Iberian Islam, Portuguese literature, literature and linguistic anthropology, and literature and philosophy. Barletta has written several books. His latest is Rhythm: Form and Dispossession (Chicago, 2020). The book discusses rhythm through three historical moments from Ancient Greece to current times.