Nikhil Singh is an associate professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University, where he founded and currently directs the prison education program. He is the author of Race and America's Long War (2015), Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (2004) and the editor of Climbin' Jacob's Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O'Dell (2010). His essays have appeared in American Quarterly, Social Text, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Radical History Review, among others. Singh is also an editor of the American Crossroads book series for the University of California Press.
Focusing on the period before and after the Watts riot and the beginning of the US ground war in Vietnam, this lecture explores the relationship between the origins of law and order discourse, police repression, and overseas counterinsurgency.