Alex BlackAssociate Professor of English and Creative Writing

Joined faculty in 2015

Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Cornell University
M.S., Library and Information Science, Simmons College
B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley

Contact Information

DemarestPhone (315) 781-4638

Scholarly Interest

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
Early African American Literature and Culture
Performance Studies
Book History

Teaching Experience

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2014-2015
University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2014
Cornell University, 2012-2013

Courses Taught

ENG 152: American Revolutions
ENG 200: Critical Methods
ENG 250: Early American Literature
ENG 254: Nineteenth-Century American Poetry
ENG 353: Media in Early America


“Teaching Civil War Speech; Or, Abraham Lincoln's Texts in Context.” Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War. Ed. Colleen Glenney Boggs. New York: Modern Language Association, forthcoming.

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Archives of Racial Performance.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 3.1 (2015): 138-146. 

“Abolitionism’s Resonant Bodies: The Realization of African American Performance.” American Quarterly 63.3 (2011): 619-39.


Modern Language Association
American Studies Association
Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Society of Early Americanists