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 grants from the Spencer Foundation.

Dr. Cox is the author of A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith, published by Little, Brown and winner of the Michigan Notable Book award.  She is a non-resident Fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, a Research Associate at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and an honorary member of Western Michigan University's Department of History . Click here to see her recent Op Ed piece in the Washington Post affiliated webzine, The Root, on her original work on the young Lincoln and African Americans. That piece can be read here.

Dr. Cox currently resides in Michigan where she is at work on a number of projects including a book on African American pioneers on the antebellum Old Northwest frontier and their struggles for education and equality, which is funded by the Spencer Foundation, and is being undertaken with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Listen to Anna-Lisa discuss African American antebellum pioneers on MPR's 'The Living Room' here. It's about 14 minutes into the show.

A Stronger Kinship is Winner of a Michigan Notable Book Award!
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Click here to read or listen to a story about Covert, Michigan based on A Stronger Kinship on NPR's 'All Things Considered.'