Alexander Manevitz received his Ph.D. in History from New York University, with support from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. He also holds a B.A. in History from Trinity College.

His teaching and scholarship center marginalized perspectives and focus on the nineteenth century, with particular attention to the antebellum U.S., history of race and slavery, urban history, and historical memory.

His current book project, The Rise and Fall of Seneca Village, recovers the forgotten history of Seneca Village, a predominantly African American community founded on the edges of New York City in 1825 and destroyed by the city to build Central Park in 1857. By piecing together the overlooked traces of Seneca Village, he places the community at the intersection of African American activism and urban redevelopment in the early nineteenth century, evaluating how they continue to shape American cities today.