- African American and African Studies
Benjamin D. Weber is a scholar of African American History, Critical Carceral Studies, and Black Social and Political Thought. He has been recognized for his research and teaching, including being named the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the United States, receiving an Omni Gold Award for the Calderwood Series produced by WGBH for PBS Learning Media, and co-directing Louisiana's contribution to the States of Incarceration national public history project. He is at work on his first book, a history of race, incarceration, and empire, under contract with The New Press.
Benjamin Weber's research, writing, and public engagement work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Charles Warren Center for American History, Marcus Garvey Memorial Foundation, and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute and Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.
Beyond academia, Benjamin has worked for the Vera Institute of Justice and Alternate ROOTS in New Orleans, and as a public High School Teacher in Los Angeles.
Teaching Interests: African American History; Black Social and Political Thought; Policing and Prisons; Social Movements; Black Radical Tradition; Black Internationalism; Global Black Power; Abolitionism; Racial Capitalism; Colonialism and Decolonization; Black Geographies; Community Archives; Film & Digital Media.
Research Interests: African American History; African Diaspora Studies; Critical Carceral Studies; Racial Capitalism; Colonialism and Decolonization; Black Radical Tradition; Abolitionism; Black Internationalism; Black Geographies; Archives; Public Memory; Law and Society; Critical Theory.