Academic Publications


  • Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD (University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Journal Articles

  • “Policing an Internal Border: The Los Angeles Police Department, Immigration Law Enforcement, and the Construction of the Criminal Alien,” Boom California (September 11, 2018),

  • "Liberal Law-and-Order: Tom Bradley, the LAPD, and the Politics of Police Reform in Los Angeles," Journal of Urban History (OnlineFirst).

  • “‘Kid thugs are spreading terror through the streets’: Youth, Crime, and the Expansion of the Juvenile Justice System in Los Angeles, 1973-1980,” Journal of Urban History (44:3 (May 1, 2018): 476–500.

  • “The Coalition Against Police Abuse: CAPA’s Resistance Struggle in 1970s Los Angeles,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights (Summer 2016).

  • “‘A Pledge is not Self-enforcing’: Struggles for Equal Employment Opportunity in Los Angeles 1964-1981.” Pacific Historical Review 82, no. 1 (February 2013): 63-94.

  • “Fighting Many Battles: Max Mont, Labor, and Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Los Angeles, 1950-1970.” Casden Annual Review, Vol. 9, 2012 (University of Southern California): 111-142.

Book Chapters

  • “Fighting the Segregation Amendment: Black and Mexican American Responses to Proposition 14 in Los Angeles.” Black and Brown Los Angeles: A Contemporary Reader, eds. Laura Pulido and Josh Kun. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2013, 143-175.

Book Reviews and Review Essays

  • Exporting British Policing during the Second World War: Policing Soldiers and Civilians. Clive Emsley. (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), H-War Reviews (2019).

  • “Politicizing Youth: Police, Politics, and Gangs in the late-Twentieth-Century City,” Journal of Urban History (OnlineFirst, February 2018).

  • Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries. Ana Muñiz. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015), Southern California Quarterly, 98.2 (April 2016).

Non-Academic and Popular Publications

  • “Contesting Police Power: A Conversation between Simon Balto and Max Felker-Kantor,” Radical History Review: The Abusable Past, July 11, 2019. (link)

  • “What Jeff Sessions’s final act in office means for policing in America,” The Washington Post: Made by History, November 30, 2018. (link)

  • “All Power to the People: Rethinking Black Panther through Historical Struggles for Community Empowerment and Anti-Police Abuse Coalition Building,” Southern California Library Black Panther Reader, 2018. (link)

  • “Police departments should no longer be allowed to police themselves,” The Washington Post: Made by History, March 19, 2018. (link)

  • “‘Raceriotland': The Meaning of Watts," In The Skid Row Reader, edited by Dan Johnson. Los Angeles: Vera Cambell Foundation and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, 2017: 24-25.

  • “The 1984 Olympics fueled L.A.’s war on crime. Will the 2028 Games do the same? How the Olympics accelerated mass incarceration in Los Angeles,” The Washington Post: Made by History, August 6, 2017. (link)

  • “No Justice, No Peace: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion. Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspectives, May 2017. (link)

  • Felker-Kantor, Max, Jay Colbert, and Sharon Kandris. “Trends in Crime: Does Perception Match Reality?” SAVI Community Information System at IUPUI, September 2015. (link)