Cultural historian and author
Photo of the book cover for "Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley" (2011).
Social historian Christopher Lehman's four books have enriched the African-American historical canon.
His most recent book, "Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865," documents the persistence of slavery in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin through the end of the Civil War.
Although African American slavery was banned in the region in 1787, slaves were held here by soldiers and federal officials. The illustrated 224-page softcover book was published spring 2011 by McFarland & Company, a North Carolina imprint known for its scholarly titles.
His previous books, “A Critical History of Soul Train on Television,” “The Colored Cartoon: Black Representation in American Animated Short Films” and “American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era” drew national reviews and media coverage.
Last summer Lehman was a Summer Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research through the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A professor of ethnic studies, Lehman coordinates the African American Studies minor at St. Cloud State and is the former faculty adviser for the Council of African American Students on campus.
Lehman holds a bachelor's degree in history from Oklahoma State University. He earned his advanced degrees at University of Massachusetts Amherst: a master’s in history and doctorate in African American studies.
St. Cloud State, where he has taught since 2002, is his first full-time posting.