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Ben Alexander

MA, PhD

Ben Alexander holds an MA in American Literature from Columbia University and a PhD in American Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Concurrent with his graduate study, Alexander work as Rare Books and Manuscripts Specialist for the New York Public Library.

Alexander's teaching career includes (in chronological order): UCLA School of Information (Post-Doc); Queens College School of Information (Assistant Professor, Director of Archival Studies & Director of Special Collections for Queens College Libraries); Stanford University (Visiting Scholar Department of English and Digital Lit. Lab); Sichuan University (Associate Professor and Associate American Studies); Harvard University (Visiting Scholar, Department of English); and, Columbia University (Visiting Scholar, Department of English). He has also taught seminars on Archival Studies and American Studies at universities across Europe and China. Alexander has been teaching for MMLIS at USC since Fall, 2019.

Alexander has published articles in many national journals including: the American Archivist, Archival Science, and the New England Quarterly. He has co-edited one volume Community Archives: Shaping Memory (Facet) and a special edition, Archiving Activism (Archival Science).

Currently Alexander is completing a monograph entitled, Yaddo: Shaping the American Century (Cornell University Press) and is advancing several editing projects; including:

  • Special Edition of the European Journal of American Studies entitled, From Memory to Marriage: The Archive, Political Agency and the Advance of LGBTQ+ Rights in America;
  • A volume for Facet entitled, Activist Archivists and Archival Activisms: The Posthumous Challenge of 21st Century Social Justice;
  • And, a volume for Brill (European perspectives on the United States series) entitled, When American Literature Became American Television.

Currently, Alexander is working with graduate students from USC on developing several DH projects; including:

  • The American Century Project, intends a globally comparativist perspective on United States history ca, 1900 - 2000;
  • And, LA Memory Project which combines on-going oral history and the collection of community centered primary sources to documenting the on-going history of Los Angeles.

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