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

Office Hours: T 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; and by appointment


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

Andrew 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. He is currently working on a book manuscript about police torture in Chicago and social movements for police accountability after 1970.

His teaching interests include classes on the long black freedom struggle, Civil Rights and Black Power, the history of American policing, racial violence in the American city, and the rise of mass incarceration. Intrigued by interdisciplinary approaches to historical and contemporary problems, Andrew has a background 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, 1972-2015. [Book under contract with the University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2020].
  • 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.
  • 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 11 (No. 2, Fall 2017).
  • Andrew S. Baer, “Dignity Restoration and the Chicago Police Torture Reparations Ordinance,” Chicago Kent Law Review, Symposium on Dignity Takings and Dignity Restoration [In press].
  • Andrew S. Baer, “#RahmRepNow: Social Media and the Campaign to Win Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors, 2013-2015,” in Protests in the Information Age: Social Movements, Digital Practices and Surveillance, Lucas Melgaco and Jeffrey Monaghan, eds. (London: Routledge, 2017).