Andrew Baer. Assistant Professor
(205) 934-8693
Heritage Hall 360G

Office Hours: W 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (and by appointment)


  • BA, University of Florida, History
  • MA, University of Chicago, Social Sciences
  • PhD, Northwestern University, History

Dr. Andy Baer studies race and policing in the twentieth-century American city. Born in the Ohio Rust Belt in the early 1980s and raised in Sun Belt Florida, his interest in history began with observations about inequality and injustice in the present day. Drawn by history’s ability to influence contemporary struggles for social justice, Andrew began his academic career studying the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. After moving to Chicago, his attention shifted forward in time and relocated to the urban North, where collective resistance to racial oppression evolved to tackle new challenges in a post-civil rights era.

Andy's first book, Beyond the Usual Beating: The Jon Burge Police Torture Scandal and Social Movements for Police Accountability in Chicago will be published by the University of Chicago Press in April 2020. His second book project, Black and Missing, explores the intersection of race, law enforcement, and missing persons.

Andy's teaching interests include African American History, Post-World War Two U.S. History, and upper-division classes on race, criminal justice, and social movements. Intrigued by interdisciplinary approaches to historical and contemporary problems, Andy has a dual appointment in African American Studies and also spent two years as a graduate fellow at the American Bar Foundation, an independent non-profit organization advancing scholarship on law and society.

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Recent Courses

  • United States to 1877
  • United States since 1877
  • African American History Since 1877
  • History of American Police
  • Black Freedom Movements in the United States
  • Graduate Seminar on Civil Rights and Black Power
  • Graduate Seminar on Creating and Contesting Mass Incarceration in the United States

Select Publications

  • Andrew S. Baer. Beyond the Usual Beating: The Jon Burge Police Torture Scandal and Social Movements for Police Accountability in Chicago (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020) [Forthcoming, April 2020].
  • Andrew S. Baer, “#RahmRepNow: Social Media and the Campaign to Win Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors, 2013-2015,” in Lucas Melgaco and Jeffrey Monaghan, ed., Protests in the Information Age: Social Movements, Digital Practices and Surveillance (London: Routledge, 2018), 40-55.
  • Andrew S. Baer, “The Men Who Lived Underground: The Chicago Police Torture Cases and the Problem of Quantifying Victims of Police Violence, 1970-2016,” Journal of Urban History, Vol. 44, Issue 2 (March 2018), 262-277.
  • Andrew S. Baer, “Let Them Get Their Voices Out: The Death Row 10, Radical Abolitionists, and the Anti-Death Penalty Movement in Illinois, 1996-2011,” The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Fall 2017), 129-160.
  • Andrew S. Baer, “Dignity Restoration and the Chicago Police Torture Reparations Ordinance,” Chicago Kent Law Review, Vol. 92, Issue 3, Symposium on Dignity Takings and Dignity Restoration (Fall 2017), 769-792.