Leslie Alexander

Associate Professor

Dr. Leslie Alexander is an Associate Professor in African American and African Studies specializing in early African American and African Diaspora history. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Alexander joined the Department of History in 1999 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2007. She became a member of the Department of African American and African Studies in 2012.

Dr. Alexander's primary research focus includes late 18th and early 19th century Black culture, political consciousness, and resistance movements. Dr. Alexander's first monograph, entitled African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861, explores Black culture, identity, and political activism during the early national and antebellum eras. African or American was awarded the Cheikh Anta Diop award for Outstanding Scholarship in the field of Africana Studies by the National Council for Black Studies. She is also the co-editor of "We Shall Independent Be:" African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States and the Encyclopedia of African American History.

Dr. Alexander's current research project, tentatively titled "The Cradle of Hope: African American Internationalism in the Nineteenth Century,” is an exploration of early African American foreign policy. In particular, it examines how African American activists became involved in international movements for racial and social justice, using Haiti as an illustrative example. Based on her new research, she has published "The Black Republic: The Influence of the Haitian Revolution on BlackPolitical Consciousness, 1817-1861,"  which appears in African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents. Most recently she published  “'A Land of Promise:' Emigration and Pennsylvania’s Black Elite in the Era of the Haitian Revolution" in The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience.

During her time at The Ohio State University, Dr. Alexander has won several university awards, including the University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, the College of Humanities Diversity Enhancement Award, and was selected as one of the “Seven Stars” in the College of Humanities. She recently completed her term as the Chair of Faculty Council as well as the co-chair of the Faculty Committee for the Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP). She also served on the Presidential Search committee for The Ohio State University’s 15th President. Dr. Alexander is currently a member of the University Senate and the Senate Steering Committee.

A recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Dr. Alexander has also given considerable service to the discipline. She is on the Executive Council of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), serves on the Advisory Councils for both The Black Scholar and the International Journal for Africana Studies, and has been a member of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora’s (ASWAD) Executive Board since 2009. Currently she serves as ASWAD’s Vice-President and also received the Presidential Award for service from the National Council of Black Studies.

For more information on "African or American," see: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/64skb3rz9780252033360.html

For additional information on "The Black Republic" see: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415803762

For additional information on the "Encyclopedia of African American History," see: http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-African-American-History-Experience/dp/1851097694/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279676272&sr=8-1

For additional information on "We Shall Independent Be," see: http://www.upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/1844-we-shall-independent-be

Areas of Expertise
  • African American and American History
  • Black culture, nationalism, the creation of community, and p
  • B.A.,Stanford University
  • M.A., Cornell University
  • Ph.D.,Cornell University

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