Dr. Leslie Alexander: Historian. Professor. Author. Activist

Abridged C.V.


Ph.D.  History, Cornell University

M.A. History, Cornell University

B.A.  History cum laude, Stanford University


Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Oregon

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Arizona State University, Fall 2019

Associate Professor, Department of African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University

Associate Professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University

Assistant Professor, Department of History, The Ohio State University

Administrative Experience

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 

  • President, 2015-present
  • Vice President, 2013-2015
  • Executive Board Member, 2009-Present  

National Council for Black Studies

  •    Executive Board Member, 2010-Present

University Senate, The Ohio State University

University Senate Steering Committee, The Ohio State University

Faculty Council, The Ohio State University

  •    Chair, 2013-2014
  •    Chair-Elect, 2012-2013  

Chair, Faculty Committee on the Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP), The Ohio State University

Council on Academic Affairs (CAA), The Ohio State University

Awards and Honors

Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship

University Award for Distinguished Teaching

University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award 

Grant Recipient, $50,000 award, University of Oregon

Provost’s Senior Humanist Fellowship, Oregon Humanities Center

Award for Faculty Excellence, Black Student Association

Presidential Award for Service, National Council for Black Studies

Distinguished Faculty Award, Ohio State University Panhellenic Association

Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, given by OSU Outstanding Senior

Fire and Focus Award for Distinguished Teaching

National Council for Black Studies Award for Distinguished Scholarship

National Council for Black Studies Award for Outstanding Service

Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Conference and Public Presentations in 2019

  • ““A La Mode De Hayti:” Black Responses to Haitian Independence in 1804 ,” Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora, New York, New York, May 2-3, 2019. 
  • “The Past, Present, and Future of Africana Studies,” Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, April 12 2019.
  • “‘To Maintain Our Independence With Our Last Breath’: The Influence of Haitian Independence on the Birth of Black Internationalism,” African American Intellectual History Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 22-23, 2019.  
  • “‘An Injured Man of Color:’ Anonymity and Black Vindicationist Thought in the Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution,” Society for Early American Studies, Eugene, Oregon, February 28-March 2, 2019.
  • “‘The Cradle of Hope:’ African Americans, Haitian Sovereignty, and the Birth of Black Internationalism,” Oregon Humanities Center, February 15, 2019. 
  • “Speaking Truth To Power: Challenging Power and Privilege in the Field of Early African American History,” Keynote Address, Conference of Ford Foundation Fellows, October 18-20, 2018. 
  • “From Slavery to Mass Incarceration,” Columbus Alternative High School, February 23, 2017.

Organizational Service

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)

  • President, 2015-Present
  • Executive Board Member, 2009-present
  • Vice-President, 2014-2015
  • Program Committee Member, 2012-2013 
  • Program Committee Chair, 2010-2011

African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) 

  •  Book Prize Committee 2018-2021

Journal of African American History

  • Editorial Board, 2018-Present 

Journal of International Africana Studies

  • Editorial Board, 2015-Present 

National Council for Black Studies

  • Executive Board Member, 2010-Present 
  • Chair, Constitution and By-Laws Committee, 2016-Present
  • Member, Public Policy Committee, 2013-Present 
  • Chair, African American Studies Think Tank Committee, 2011-2013  

The Black Scholar

  • Advisory Board Member, 2012-Present
  • Reviewer, 2016-Present

The Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History

  • Editorial Board, 2015-Present