Life can only be understood backward; the trouble is, it must be lived forward.

  —Søren Kierkegaard

Wes Alcenat is an historian, educator & citizen-scholar. 

Wes is a scholar, teacher, mentor, and academic consultant. His primary focus is the African American protest tradition, American slavery, the trans-Atlantic abolition movement, and the Haitian Revolution’s legacy and influence on Black American radicalism in the United States. He teaches U.S., Atlantic, and Afro-Caribbean history at Fordham University in the Bronx. He was previously a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at MIT’s School of the Humanities Arts and Social Sciences (SHASS) and an Associate Fellow at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University. Wes was trained by historian Eric Foner, Clinton DeWitt Professor of History at Columbia University. Wes is a native of Haiti and partly grew up in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota. He lives in the BedStuy neighborhood with his pet rabbit, BB King.

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