OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Stephen Kantrowitz

Portrait of Stephen Kantrowitz
Image Credit: Jeff Miller, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stephen Kantrowitz is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History, Afro-American Studies, and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the relationship between race and citizenship in the era of slave emancipation. He is the author of More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829–1889 (2012), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize. His first book, Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (2000), was a New York Times Notable Book and won several scholarly awards. He is also a coeditor, with Peter P. Hinks, of All Men Free and Brethren: Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry (2013). In 2016–2017, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American studies at the University of Southern Denmark. His current work weaves together the egalitarian, white supremacist, and Native American genealogies of citizenship in the era of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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