Alex Lubin


B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1992
M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 1994
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2000


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Biographical Note

Alex Lubin received his doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2000. He is currently on leave from the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico and serving as Director of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut. He is a cultural historian with interests in U.S. racial formations and U.S./Middle East cultural politics. Before joining AUB, he served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy, 1945-1954 (UP Mississippi) and the editor of Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left, (UP Mississippi). He has co-edited a special edition of the South Atlantic Quarterly on Settler Colonialism. In this collection, Lubin contributed an essay on the comparative histories of settler colonialism and national formation in and between the U.S. and Israel. He is currently at work on a monograph entitled, "Liberation Geography: Locating the Middle East in the African American Global Imaginary." This work excavates a centuries-long history of political and cultural exchange between U.S.-based Blacks and the Arab world. Lubin is particularly interested in how the "Palestine question" has circulated within spheres of African American politics and culture.

Geographies of Liberation by Alex LubinPublication Types

Non-Fiction, Scholastic

Latest Publication Title

Geographies of Liberation, The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary, University of North Carolina Press, 2014

Additional Publications

Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy, 1945-1954, University Press of Mississippi, 2004
Alex Lubin, ed., Rivising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left, University Press of Mississippi, 2008
Alex Lubin, ed. (with Alyosha Goldstein), "Settler Colonialism: a special issue of the South Atlantic Quarterly," 2008

Publication Description

In this absorbing transnational history, Alex Lubin reveals the vital connections between African American political thought and the people and nations of the Middle East. Spanning the 1850s through the present, and set against a backdrop of major political and cultural shifts around the world, the book demonstrates how international geopolitics, including the ascendance of liberal internationalism, established the conditions within which blacks imagined their freedom and, conversely, the ways in which various Middle Eastern groups have understood and used the African American freedom struggle to shape their own political movements.

Lubin extends the framework of the black freedom struggle beyond the familiar geographies of the Atlantic world and sheds new light on the linked political, social, and intellectual imaginings of African Americans, Palestinians, Arabs, and Israeli Jews. This history of intellectual exchange, Lubin argues, has forged political connections that extend beyond national and racial boundaries.