Professional and Biographical Information

Submitted by Alec F. Hickmott on Thursday, 4/12/2018, at 4:23 PM

Research & Teaching

Broadly, my research and teaching explore the intersections of race and political economy, particularly focusing on the history of African American social movements, black intellectual life, and the history of American capitalism. Currently, I am working on a book manuscript entitledThe Color of Development: Land, Liberalism, and the Unmaking of Jim Crow Capitalism in the Rural South. At Amherst, I offer courses that explore the history of the modern United States.  

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, History (2016)
  • M.Phil., University of Sussex, History (2011)
  • M.A., University of Virginia, History (2010)
  • B.A., University of Sussex, First Class (2008)


  • “Black Land, Black Capital: Rural Development in the Shadows of the Sunbelt South, 1969-1976,” The Journal of African American History 101:4 (Fall 2016), 504-534.
    • Winner, Jack Temple Kirby Prize in southern agricultural and environmental history, Southern Historical Association, 2017. 
    • Honorable Mention, Maria Stewart Prize, African American Intellectual History Society, 2018.
  • “Brothers, Come North”: The Rural South and the Political Imaginary of New Negro Radicalism, 1917-1923,” Intellectual History Review 21:4 (December, 2011), 395-412. 
    • Winner, Charles Schmitt Prize in Intellectual History, International Society for Intellectual History, 2011.