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Lauren Pearlman

224 Keene-Flint Hall
Phone: (352) 273-3364
Fax: (352) 392-6927


Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Assistant Professor Lauren Pearlman (Ph.D. Yale University) is a historian of 20th century America.  Her research traces the ways that law and order affects urban policy and governance in the 20th century. Her first book,Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, D.C, 1960s-1970s (UNC Press, 2019) narrates the struggle for self-determination in the nation’s capital. It captures the transition from black protest to black political power under the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations and against the backdrop of local battles over the War on Poverty and the War on Crime. Dr. Pearlman’s research has received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Historical Association, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, among others. Prior to joining UF, she was a teaching fellow at Rowan University and a postdoctoral fellow in American History and Diversity Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she developed The West Point Guide to the Civil Rights Movement, a digital media primary document-based reader on the long civil rights movement. Her work can also be found in the Journal of Urban HistoryWashington History, the Journal of African American History, and the Washington Post.