Alex Lichtenstein

ex officio as AHR Editor

Alex Lichtenstein is the editor of the American Historical Review and professor of history at Indiana University, where he teaches US and South African history. His research focuses on the intersection of labor history and the struggle for racial justice in societies shaped by white supremacy. His first book, Twice the Work of Free Labor, examined the role of convict leasing and chain gangs in the remaking of the American South in the half century after the Civil War. His articles on prison history, US labor and civil rights activism, and South African trade unions have appeared in Labor, Journal of American History, Journal of African History, Journal of Southern African Studies, South African Historical Journal, Journal of Peasant Studies, International Review of Social History, and the LA Review of Books. His most recent publications are Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid (with Rick Halpern), a study of the photojournalist’s 1950 trip to South Africa, and Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory, with his brother, photographer Andrew Lichtenstein.

Alex has been a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Etudes (Paris), Humboldt University (Berlin), University of Genoa, University of Belgrade, University of the Western Cape, Nanking University (Tianjin), and University of Cape Town. He is currently working on a book on South African labor organizing and the state under apartheid, tentatively entitled Making Apartheid Work: Black Workers and Industrial Relations in South Africa, 1948–1994.