Max Felker-Kantor, Ph.D.

Max Felker-Kantor, Ph.D. Max Felker-Kantor, Ph.D. is an American historian who specializes in the post-World War II era, urban history, race and ethnicity, social movements, and politics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2014. His primary area of interest has been in twentieth century United States history with a focus on race, politics, urban history, and social movements. He is particularly interested in the long black freedom struggle in urban centers outside of the American South from the New Deal to the conservative restoration in the 1980s. His research focuses on politics, policing, and social movements in Los Angeles. His articles and book chapters have been published in the Journal of Urban History, Journal of Civil and Human Rights, Black and Brown Los Angeles: A Contemporary Reader, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Casden Annual Review.

Dr. Felker-Kantor is currently revising a book manuscript based on his dissertation entitled Battle for the Streets: Policing, Politics, and Power in Los Angeles, which will be published in the Justice, Power, and Politics series at the University of North Carolina Press. This project explores how policing, crime policy, and anti-police activism in Los Angeles from the Watts uprising to the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion redefined the meaning of citizenship and contributed to the rise of mass incarceration.

Research Interests

American history, urban history, race and ethnicity, social movements, policing, and crime and mass incarceration.

Courses Taught

HIS 102          History of the Modern World

HIS 217          History of the United States

HIS 299          Historiography

HIS 380          Power of Place

HIS 470          History of Modern America


  • “Liberal Law and Order: Tom Bradley, the LAPD, and the Politics of Police Reform in Los Angeles,” Special Issue on Urban America and the Police Since World War II, Journal of Urban History (forthcoming).
  •  “‘Kid thugs are spreading terror through the streets’: Youth, Crime, and the Expansion of the Juvenile Justice System in Los Angeles, 1973-1980,” Journal of Urban History (forthcoming).
  • “The Coalition Against Police Abuse: CAPA’s Resistance Struggle in 1970s Los Angeles,” Journal of Civil and Human Rights 2, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2016).
  •  “‘A Pledge is not Self-enforcing’: Struggles for Equal Employment Opportunity in Los Angeles 1964-1981.” Pacific Historical Review 82, no. 1 (February 2013): 63-94.
  • “Fighting Many Battles: Max Mont, Labor, and Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Los Angeles, 1950-1970.” Casden Annual Review, Vol. 9, 2012 (University of Southern California): 111-142.
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