Ben Keppel



Professor Keppel is the author of The Work of Democracy: Ralph Bunche, Kenneth B. Clark, Lorraine Hansberry and the Cultural Politics of Race, numerous articles and book chapters and, just recently, a co-edited volume of essays titled Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Segregation and American Social Thought in the Twentieth Century. His current research focuses on a book-length study titled Children of Change: Poverty, Race and American Life, 1944-1984, exploring how children’s lives came to symbolize America’s struggles with poverty and racism in the postwar era. Professor Keppel teaches a variety of courses on twentieth-century American history, including courses on the history of the media, Cold War culture, and race relations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.