Dr. Max Felker-Kantor is an American historian who specializes in the post-World War II era, urban history, race and ethnicity, social movements, and politics. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California in 2014. He currently teaches American and African American history at DePauw University.
His primary area of interest has been in twentieth century United States history with a focus on race, politics, urban history, and social movements. He is particularly interested in the long black freedom struggle in urban centers outside of the American South from the New Deal to the conservative restoration in the 1980s. His research focuses on politics, policing, and social movements in Los Angeles. His articles and book chapters have been published in the Journal of Urban History, Journal of Civil and Human Rights, Black and Brown Los Angeles: A Contemporary Reader, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Casden Annual Review.
Dr. Feker-Kantor is currently revising a book manuscript based on his dissertation entitled Battle for the Streets: Policing, Politics, and Power in Los Angeles, which will be published in the Justice, Power, and Politics series at the University of North Carolina Press. This project explores how policing, crime policy, and anti-police activism in Los Angeles from the Watts uprising to the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion redefined the meaning of citizenship and contributed to the rise of mass incarceration.