UI assistant professor of History and African American studies Simon Balto will read from and talk about his new book from UNC Press, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. “Simon Balto's study of twentieth-century black Chicago provides new insights into the historical roots of police abuse in black communities while challenging scholarship that posits the mid-twentieth century as a turning point for deteriorating relationships between the police and black Americans. This beautifully written history is a model of clarity and moral passion.”—Beryl Satter, Rutgers University
Balto’s writing has also appeared in TIME magazine, The Washington Post, The Progressive, the Journal of African American History, Labor, and numerous other popular and scholarly outlets. Professor Balto has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation, among others.