Lori L. Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University. In addition to Hair Story, she is the author of two other books, Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain and the novel, Substitute Me. Both the Washington Post and Salon.com declared Kinky Gazpacho one of the Best Books of 2008. Tharps continues to write about race, identity, parenting and hair for media outlets both online and in print. Tharps lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.