Alex Moskowitz

  • Visiting Lecturer in English
Alex Moskowitz

Alex Moskowitz specializes in American and African American literature through the nineteenth century, Marxism, capitalism, and aesthetics. His book project, American Imperception: Literary Form, Sensory Perception, and Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, explores how sensory perception has been historically determined by economics. Within the context of nineteenth-century racial capitalism, his work investigates the centrality of slavery to the development of the modern sensorium. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in American Literary History, NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, and elsewhere. He currently serves as Associate Editor of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies.


Areas of Expertise

American and African American Literature to 1900, Political Economy, Critical Theory, Marxism, The Novel, Aesthetics


  • Ph.D., Boston College
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., SUNY Purchase

Recent Publications

Moskowitz, A. The Racial Economy of Perception: Reading Black Sociality in the Nineteenth Century.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, vol. 56, no. 1, 2023, pp. 1-20.

Moskowitz, A. “Apathy, Political Emotion, and the Politics of Space in Thoreau’s Antislavery Writing.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, vol. 64, no. 2, 2022, pp. 139-160.

Moskowitz, A. “Martin Delany: Labor, Ecology, and Black Freedom.” The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies, vol. 30, 2022, pp. 59-75.

Moskowitz, A. "Black Political Organizing and Radical Transcendentalism: David Walker and Margaret Fuller." Conversations, vol. 4, iss. 2, 2022, pp. 5-8.

Moskowitz, A. “Economic Imperception; or, Reading Capital on the Beach with Thoreau.” American Literary History, vol. 32, no. 2, 2020, pp. 221-242.

Recent Awards

Moskowitz, A. Clough Fellowship, The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College, 2018-2021.

Moskowitz, A. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, “Transcendentalism and Social Reform,” 2022.

Recent Honors

Invited Speaker, “Imperception,” Political Concepts: The Literature Edition, The Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University. March 2023 (upcoming). 


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