OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Allyson Hobbs

Portrait of Allyson Hobbs

Allyson Hobbs is an assistant professor of history at Stanford University, where she teaches courses on American identity, African American history, African American women's history, and twentieth-century American history and culture. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Dr. St. Clair Drake Teaching Award. Her first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life (2014), won the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Prize and the OAH Lawrence W. Levine Award. It was also selected as a New York Times book review editors' choice, a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Root, and a "Book of the Week” by the Times Higher Education in London. Hobbs is a contributor to the newyorker.com; has appeared on C-SPAN, msnbc, and npr; and has given a TEDx talk at Stanford. Her work has also been featured in cnn.com, Slate, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Review, and the Christian Science Monitor. Her next book, "Far From Sanctuary: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights," explores the violence, humiliation, and indignities that mid-twentieth-century African American motorists experienced on the road.

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