Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox
Ph.D., University of Illinois
American History; African American History
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334
Anna-Lisa Cox is an active historian, writer, and lecturer on the history of race relations in the nineteenth-century Midwest. She received her M.Phil. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and her Ph.D. in American history from the University of Illinois. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her research, including the National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholars Award, the Gilder Lehrman Foundation Fellowship, the Pew Younger Scholars Fellowship and a Spencer Foundation grant.
She is the author of A Stronger Kinship: One Town’s Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith, published by Little, Brown in 2006 and winner of the Michigan Notable Book award. She was a Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library from 2002 to 2006, where she was also the Director of their Rural History Seminar program. She is a non-resident fellow at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute as well as a consultant to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Recently, Dr. Cox presented papers at the Newberry Library's Seminar in Early American History and Culture in November 2012 and the Freedom Rising Symposium at Radcliffe College. She is currently finishing another book project on the young Abraham Lincoln and the African Americans with whom he was associated in southern Indiana.
Anna-Lisa currently resides in Michigan where she is at work on a book entitled, Founding Freedom--a history of African American pioneers on the antebellum Midwestern frontier. She was recently in Boston to participate in a discussion on race amity at WGBH (see more) and wrote an Op Ed piece in the Washington Post affiliated webzine, The Root, on her recent discoveries on the young Lincoln and African Americans. That piece can be read visiting www.theroot.com and searching for Anna-Lisa Cox.