Donna Murch is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University. She is currently completing a new book entitled "Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and the War on Drugs," which considers the militarization of law enforcement, the social history of drug consumption and sale, and the political economy of mass incarceration in late twentieth-century California. She is also the author of the forthcoming Revolution in Our Lifetime (2016), which explores the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party on its fiftieth anniversary, and Living for the City: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (2010), which won the Phillis Wheatley Prize. She has written for the Washington Post, New Republic, the Nation, Jacobin, the Boston Review, Black Scholar, Souls, the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of American History, the OAH Magazine of History, Perspectives, and New Politics and has appeared on the bbc, cnn, and Democracy Now. She has also coedited a special edition of the Journal of Urban History (September 2015) on mass incarceration and urban spaces.
- History of the Black Panther Party
- History of the Black Power Movement (focused on Oakland and California)
- History of the Urban Rebellions and the Militarization of Policing
- Impact of Migration on Postwar African American Mobilization
- Informal and Underground Economy
- The Political Economy of Crack Cocaine and Its Impact on the African American Community