Zamalin is the author of Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in America’s Obsession with Civility (Beacon Press, 2021), Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism (Columbia University Press, 2019); Antiracism: An Introduction (New York: New York University Press, 2017); Struggle on Their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017); and African American Political Thought and American Culture: The Nation’s Struggle for Racial Justice (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). In addition, he is the co-editor of American Political Thought: An Alternative View (New York: Routledge, 2017). His work on race, political theory and social justice has appeared in New Political Science and Women’s Studies Quarterly.

Dr. Zamalin is Director of the African American Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Detroit Mercy. His areas of expertise include African American political thought, American politics, and political theory.


March 17, 2021: Zamalin was a guest on MSNBC’s show The Majority Report. Catch the whole video podcast here.

March 2, 2021: “Civility Won’t End Racism,” YES! Magazine

February 24, 2021: “Lunchtime Conversation with Alex Zamalin: Black Utopia and Visionary New England Art.” DeCordova Live: Sculpture Park and Museum

January 21, 2021: Boston Public Library talk as part of the BPL’s Repairing America Series, in partnership with the Museum of African American History (MAAH) and moderated by MAAH Director Of Education And Interpretation L’Merchie Frazier.

August 15, 2019: Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism was featured in The New York TimesHere’s the link.