Leslie Alexander is Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University. Her first monograph, entitled African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861 (University of Illinois Press, 2008) explores black culture, identity, and political activism during the early national and antebellum eras and 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 (University Press of Colorado, 2008). Most recently, she published “The Black Republic: The Influence of the Haitian Revolution on Black Political Consciousness, 1817-1861,” in African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents, eds. Maurice Jackson and Jacqueline Bacon (Routledge, 2009). Dr. Alexander is on the Executive Board of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) and the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD).