OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Nikhil Singh

Portrait of Nikhil Singh

Nikhil Singh is an associate professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University, where he founded and currently directs the prison education program. He is the author of Race and America's Long War (2015), Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (2004) and the editor of Climbin' Jacob's Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O'Dell (2010). His essays have appeared in American Quarterly, Social Text, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Radical History Review, among others. Singh is also an editor of the American Crossroads book series for the University of California Press.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

This lecture explores what Marx's oeuvre, and especially his understanding of 'slavery', can offer for understanding the past and contemporary legacies of racial domination and differentiation.
Focusing on the period before and after the Watts riot and the beginning of the US ground war in Vietnam, this lecture explores the relationship between the origins of law and order discourse, police repression, and overseas counterinsurgency.