About the series

The Justice, Power, and Politics series publishes and pursues new works of history that explore questions of social justice, political power, and struggles for justice in the twentieth century—thereby bringing these books into conversation with each other.

In doing so, JPP helps readers to better understand the evolution of the United States in the last century, as well as integrate and broaden the way we think about these issues.

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Header photo far right: E.H. Butler Library, Buffalo Courier Express Collection

JPP Board Members

Peniel Joseph

Peniel E. Joseph is professor of history at Tufts University and author of the award winning Waiting Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. He is editor of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Eras and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level. Joseph is the founder of the “Black Power Studies” subfield whose reverberations have widely impacted interdisciplinary scholarship within the academy and popular conceptions of civil rights and Black Power outside of it. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights who has appeared on CNN, MSNC, and NPR. During the 2008 presidential election he provided historical analysis for the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Professor Joseph’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle Review, The Journal of American History, The American Historical Review, The Black Scholar, and Book Forum. The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, he has been recognized as a Top Young Historian by History News Network, an Emerging Scholar by DIVERSE: Issues in Higher Education, and an Emerging Leader by Ebony Magazine. He is currently working on a biography of Black Power icon Stokely Carmichael/Kwame Ture.

 

Matthew Lassiter

Matthew D. Lassiter is Associate Professor of History and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan.  He is the author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton University Press, 2006, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America series), winner of the 2007 Lillian Smith Award presented by the Southern Regional Council.  His article for the Journal of Urban History, “The Suburban Origins of ‘Color-Blind’ Conservatism: Middle-Class Consciousness in the Charlotte Busing Crisis,” was republished in The Best American History Essays 2006 (Palgrave).  He is also coeditor of The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford University Press, 2009) and The Moderates’ Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 1998).  His current book project is The Suburban Crisis: The Pursuit and Defense of the American Dream.

 

Daryl Maeda

Daryl Maeda is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he specializes in comparative ethnic studies and Asian American studies. His writings on Asian American activism during the 1960s and 70s include Reconsidering the Asian American Movement (Routledge, 2011) and Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asian America (University of Minnesota Press, 2009).  His research and teaching interests center on social movements, the 1960s and 70s, and Asian/Asian American cultural history.

 

Barbara Ransby

Barbara Ransby is professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, African American Studies, and History at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and former director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program. She currently serves as Interim Vice Provost for Planning and Programs at UIC. She is the award-winning author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (UNC Press, 2003). Ransby is currently working on two major research projects: a study of African American feminist organizations in the 1970s and a political biography of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson, entitled: Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (Yale University Press, 2012). Dr. Ransby received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has published articles in scholarly and academic venues and serves on the board of numerous community based organizations and is the consultant to a number of documentary film projects. She is on the editorial board of the London-based journal, Race and Class, and the national advisory board of Imagining America, a consortium of colleges and universities supporting scholars and artists in public life. Professor Ransby is also a long time community activist with a history in the Anti-Apartheid and Black feminist movements.

 

Vicki Ruiz

Vicki L. Ruiz is Dean of the School of Humanities and Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in 20th Century America. She and Virginia Sánchez Korrol co-edited the three-volume Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, which received a 2007 Best in Reference Award from the New York Public Library. She is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and past president of the Organization of American Historians, the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians, and the American Studies Association. She serves on the national advisory board for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

 

Marc Stein

Marc Stein is a professor of history, sexuality studies, and women’s studies at York University in Toronto. He is the author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia (University of Chicago Press, 2000), Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), and the forthcoming Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012). He also has served as the coordinating editor of Gay Community News in Boston (1988-89), the chair of the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History (an affiliated society of the American Historical Association, 2000-2003), the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (Scribners, 2003), and the founding coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program at York (2006-2009).