University Bio - Alex Zamalin

Alex Zamalin

Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of the African American Studies Program

Alex Zamalin
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 236
Phone: 313-993-1425
Alex Zamalin
Areas of Expertise:
African American Political Thought
American Politics
Political Theory
African American History
History of Political Ideas


  • Ph.D., City University of New York
  • M.Phi, City University of New York
  • B.A., Rutgers College


Alex Zamalin is associate professor of political science and director of African American Studies Program at University of Detroit Mercy. He is the author of five books, African American Political Thought and American Culture: The Nation's Struggle for Racial Justice (New York: Palgrave, 2015), Struggle on their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017), Antiracism: An Introduction (NYU Press, 2019) and Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism (Columbia University Press, 2019) which was named a 2020 Choice Outstanding Title by the American Library Association. Zamalins' most recent book is Against Civility: The Hidden Racism in Our Obsession with Civility (Beacon, 2021). He was co-editor for a collection of scholarly essays aimed at reinterpreting the American political tradition, American Political Thought: An Alternative View (New York: Routledge, 2017). His scholarly essays have appeared in various edited book collections and journals like New Political Science, Contemporary Political Theory and Political Theory.

Zamalin has been a guest on NPR and MSNBC and his work has been featured in The Guardian, ESPN's Undefeated, and YES! magazine. His newest book with Beacon Press is tentatively titled In The Wake of Disaster: 20 Lessons for Finding Hope in Dark Times, and is scheduled for publication in spring 2022.