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Elizabeth Hinton

Associate Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Elizabeth Hinton is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of History and the Department of African and Arican American Studies at Harvard University and the author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (Harvard University Press, 2016). Her work focuses on the rise of the American carceral state and the transformation of domestic social programs after the Civil Rights Movement. Known as a leading expert in the history of criminalization and mass incarceration, Hinton has worked with the National Network for Safe Communities, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Vera Institute of Justice, among others. Her writing can be found in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Review, The Nation, and Time.

Elizabeth joined us for our virtual Roundtable convening “Examining Justice Reform and the Social Contract in the United States: Implications for Justice Policy and Practice.”