Dan Berger

Dan Berger

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Dan Berger is an associate professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell and an adjunct affiliate associate professor of history at the University of Washington Seattle. He is the author or editor of six books, including 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 most recently a coauthor, with Toussaint Losier, of Rethinking the American Prison Movement (2017). An expert on the carceral state and twentieth-century American social movements, Berger has also published articles in Dissent, Salon, the Seattle Times, and Truthout, among other publications. He blogs regularly for Black Perspectives, a project of the African American Intellectual History Society. He is a founding coordinator of the Washington Prison History Project, a multimedia digital humanities project on mass incarceration in the Pacific Northwest, and coediting, with Emily Hobson, a primary source reader on U.S. activism between 1970 and 2001.

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Twitter: @dnbrgr.

Lectures

  • Prisons, State Violence, and the Organizing Tradition
  • The Speculative Archive of Prison Abolition
  • 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