Leslie M. Alexander Photo

Leslie Alexander, President
Associate Professor of African American and
African Studies
The Ohio State University


Dr. Leslie Alexander is Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Her 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 and it 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, the Encyclopedia of African American History, and “The Black Republic: The Influence of the Haitian Revolution on Black Political Consciousness, 1817-1861.” Most recently she published “‘A Land of Promise:’ Emigration and Pennsylvania’s Black Elite in the Era of the Haitian Revolution.” 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 Haiti.

During her time at 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).

A recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Dr. Alexander has been a member of ASWAD’s Executive Board since 2009 and currently serves the organization’s Vice-President.


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