Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar is the Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts (1986) received several scholarly prizes, including the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award; it was also named a notable book of the year by the New York Times. He is also the author of The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000), which received the American Historical Association's Beveridge Prize, and Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? (2016). He is a coauthor of Inventing America: A History of the United States (2nd edition, 2006) and has written widely on public policy issues in the popular press.

Lectures

  • Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?
  • The Strange Career of the Right to Vote in the United States