Dan Berger is an assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell and an adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Washington Seattle. His most recent book is Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era (2014), which won the OAH James A. Rawley Prize and explores the central role that prisoners played in the civil rights and black power movements. He is also the author of The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States (2014) and Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (2006); the editor of The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism (2010); and a coeditor of Letters from Young Activists (2005). His work has published in Dissent, Salon, the Seattle Times, Truthout, and other publications. He blogs regularly for Black Perspectives, a project of the African American Intellectual History Society. He is currently coauthoring a textbook on prisoner activism in the twentieth century and is working to develop a digital humanities project on the carceral state in the Pacific Northwest.
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- The Speculative Archive of Prison Abolition
- Prisons, State Violence, and the Organizing Tradition
- Freedom as Method: Slavery, Prisons, and the Modern Carceral State
- The Problem with Prison Reform: A View from History
- Activism, Public Scholarship, and Other Uses for the University
- A People's History of Law and Order Politics *
- Racism, Violence, and the American State *
Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.