Assistant Professor of History
Simon Balto is an Assistant Professor of History who specializes in African American History, and is also the Director of African American Studies at Ball State. Broadly speaking, his research focuses on the long black freedom struggle since the Civil War. His current work focuses specifically on policing in black Chicago from the 1910s to the 1970s. His first book, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2018 as part of UNC’s Justice, Power, and Politics series. He has also published articles in the Journal of African American History, Labor: Studies in Working Class History, TIME, The Progressive, The Washington Spectator, and numerous other outlets, and his research has been featured in The Atlantic, among other places. His research has been supported by fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Benjamin V. Cohen Foundation. He teaches classes on African American and American History, social movements, and race and punishment.