OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Alexander Keyssar

Portrait of Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar is the Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author most recently (2020) of Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? 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 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. 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.

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