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Lauren Pearlman

Office: 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, 2013) is a historian of 20th century America, with an emphasis on the post-World War II era and African American history.  Her book, Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in the Federal City, 1960s-1970s (UNC Press, 2019), captures the transition from black protest to black political power on the municipal level under the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations, an era during which local battles over War on Poverty and War on Crime efforts played out under strict federal oversight. Through intense fights over federal funds and programming, Washington residents fought for greater participatory democracy and community control under shifting and conflicting political regimes. Her next project explores the militarization of policing and society in the United States from the Vietnam War through the Iraq War. It examines the intersection of national and municipal politics to better understand the continuing rise of the modern carceral state.

Dr. Pearlman joined the University of Florida in Fall 2015 after teaching at the United States Military Academy, 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. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S. and African American history, race and ethnicity, social movements, cities, and the carceral state.