Alexis Clark | Columbia Journalism School

Alexis Clark

Adjunct Faculty

Alexis Clark is an author and freelance journalist. She writes about history with a focus on race, culture and politics during World War II and the civil rights era. She is a contributing writer for The History Channel with stories on African American culture, the military and milestones in social and racial justice. She also writes historical features for The New York Times and helped launch its digital section, “Past Tense.” She’s received grants from the Ford Foundation for her World War II research projects, and her narrative non-fiction book, "Enemies in Love: A German POW, A Black Nurse and an Unlikely Romance," was published by The New Press in May 2018. Her book has since been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, PBS Newshour Weekend, NPR, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Essence, WNYC, Bloomberg TV, and Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.

Clark started her journalism career in 2002 and is a former senior editor at Town & Country magazine where she covered cultural and philanthropic events across the country, including President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Her work has also appeared on, NBC News Digital, and other publications. In 2019, she conducted oral history interviews for The Narrative Trust and served as contributing editor for The War Horse, a non-profit news site about military service, war and its impact.

Clark, a Dallas native, is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She also holds an M.A. in Government from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College. When she’s not writing, she enjoys yoga, podcasts, British crime dramas and anything on JFK.