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Elizabeth Hinton

Assistant Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
Harvard University

Elizabeth Hinton is Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton's research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century United States, specifically the transformation of domestic social programs and urban policing after the civil rights movement. Her first book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America(Harvard University Press, 2016), examines the implementation of national law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that laid the groundwork for the systematic imprisonment of entire groups of citizens. In revealing the links between the rise of the American carceral state and earlier anti-poverty programs, Hinton presents Ronald Reagan's War on Drugs not as a sharp policy departure but rather as the full realization of a shift toward surveillance and confinement that began during the Johnson administration. Hinton's articles and op-eds can be found in the pages of the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, and Time. She also co-edited The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) with the late Manning Marable.