Professor of History and Department Head
Nico Slate’s research and teaching focus on the history of social movements in the United States and India. He is the author of four books: Lord Cornwallis Is Dead: The Struggle for Democracy in the United States and India (Harvard University Press in 2019); Gandhi’s Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind (University of Washington Press, 2019); The Prism of Race: W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson and the Colored World of Cedric Dover (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); and Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India (Harvard University Press, 2012). He is also the editor of Black Power Beyond Borders (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), a volume that tracks the global dimensions of the Black Power movement.
Dr. Slate is currently at work on two books: a study of race in Los Angeles after 1965 and a history of truth and power in the American civil rights movement. In his research and teaching, he loves asking questions like the following: What’s the relationship between truth and power? How can the history of democracy contribute to the future of democracy? How do social movements learn? And how do they teach? Why is there so much racism, xenophobia, and intolerance in our world and what can we do about it? How do universities contribute to inequality? How can they reduce inequality?
Dr. Slate is the founder and director of the Bajaj Rural Development Lab and SocialChange101.org. Born in Los Angeles and raised in California's Mojave Desert, he earned degrees in Earth Systems and the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from Stanford University and in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University before completing his Ph.D. in History at Harvard University.
To read more about Nico Slate, please visit his personal website.
EducationPh.D.: Harvard University, 2009
- Lord Cornwallis Is Dead: The Struggle for Democracy in the United States and India (Harvard University Press, 2019)
- Gandhi’s Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind (University of Washington Press, 2019)
- Colored Cosmopolitanism: The Shared Struggle for Freedom in the United States and India (Harvard University Press, 2012)
- Black Power Beyond Borders, an edited volume (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
- The Prism of Race: W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson and the Colored World of Cedric Dover (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
- “From Mealie Pap to Peanut Milk: The African Diaspora, Culinary Cosmopolitanism, and Mahatma Gandhi’s Evolving Views on Race and Diet,”Global Food History, forthcoming.
- “Beyond the Mountain Top: Human Rights, Colored Cosmopolitanism, and the African American Freedom Struggle,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights 1, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2015)
- “East Indian, West Indian: Colored Cosmopolitanism, World Literature, and the Dual Autobiography of Cedric Dover and Claude McKay,” Modern Language Quarterly 76, no. 3 (September 2015)
- “Race as Freedom: How Cedric Dover and Barack Obama Became Black,” Racial and Ethnic Studies 35 (2012): 1-19.
- "Do Revolutions Needs Passports? From Gandhi to King to the Arab Spring" Berfrois (January 19, 2012)“
- Glorious Burdens: Teaching Obama’s History and the Long Civil Rights Movement,” The History Teacher 44, no. 4 (August 2011): 591-600.
- “Translating Race and Caste,” The Journal of Historical Sociology 24, no. 1 (March 2011): 62-79.
- “A Coloured Cosmopolitanism: Cedric Dover’s Reading of the Afro-Asian World,” in Sugata Bose and Kris Manjapra, editors. Cosmopolitan Thought Zones: South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
- “‘I am a coloured woman’: Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya in the United States, 1939-41,” Contemporary South Asia 17, no. 1 (March 2009): 7-19.
- Barack Obama and the History of Race in America
- India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development
- Gandhi and King: Nonviolent Leadership in a Globalized World
- The Civil Rights Movement and the World
- Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice
- India Today: Economics, Technology, and People
- India in the World: A History of Globalization
- Innovation and Social Change
Department Member Since: 2009