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Stephen Alter

Stephen Alter

Chair, Department of History

Professor of History

B.M. Southern Methodist University
M.A. Rice University
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Research Fields:
19th Century American Social Thought, the Darwinian Revolution, Critical Bible Scholarship in America

Selected Publications:
“William Dwight Whitney and the Social Dimension of Lexical Diffusion,” Historiographia Linguistica 37: 3 (2010): 321-340.

"Separated at Birth: The Interlinked Origins of Darwin's Unconscious Selection Concept and the Application of Sexual Selection to Race," in Journal of the History of Biology, 40 (Summer 2007): 231-258.

"Race, Language, and Mental Evolution in Darwin's Descent of Man," in Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 43:3 (Summer 2007): 239-255.

William Dwight Whitney and the Science of Language (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).

Darwinism and the Linguistic Image: Language, Race, and Natural Theology in the Nineteenth Century (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1999).