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

Research and Teaching Interests: 20th-century United States; African American history; urban history; race, policing, and social movements

Office Hours: M 2:00 - 4:00 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.

  • Black Freedom Movements in the United States (at the University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • African American History: Emancipation to Civil Rights (at Northwestern University)
  • From Law and Order to Torture: Race and Policing in De-Industrial Chicago (forthcoming)