Rinaldo Wayne Walcott, the foreword writer for the 20th-anniversary edition of The Polished Hoe, is a Canadian academic and writer whose work focuses on Black studies, Canadian studies, cultural studies, queer theory, gender studies, and diaspora studies. He is an associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. He is also affiliated with the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. He was formerly an assistant professor at York University and from 2002 to 2007, Walcott was the Canada Research Chair of Social Justice and Cultural Studies. He is the author of several books, including Black Like Who.