Fields of Study: Nineteenth-Century United States
Advisor: Hendrik Hartog
Alix Lerner studies the nineteenth-century United States, with a focus on slavery and the Civil War. Her interests include legal and gender history.
Her dissertation, "Aging in Bondage: Slavery, Debility, and the Problem of Dependency in the Old South," conceptualizes human property as aging property, and examines the commodity problem posed thereby. If slavery was a labor system, what happened when slaves could no longer work productively? If the commodity form was corporeal, what happened when slaves' bodies could no longer fetch a price?
Alix completed general exam fields in: the United States 1763-1877; Slavery, Emancipation and the Law; and Gender History. She received an A.B. in History and Gender Studies from the University of Chicago in 2008.