Professor of Humanities
School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Hawes 009E, Brookline Campus
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Jama Lazerow is a teacher-scholar with specialties in early American social and labor history, African-American history, and post-World War II America. He teaches two survey courses—"America Through the Civil War" and "America Since the Civil War"—that introduce students to the nature of historical inquiry in order to develop their ability to think critically and independently. He also teaches "The Sixties" and the advanced history seminars "The Social History of America's Working People" and "Black Power and the Black Panther Party," as well as the Senior Seminar in the Humanities.
Lazerow's first book, Religion and the Working Class in Antebellum America (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995) won the Sturbridge Prize. He is the editor of two essay collections on the Black Panthers, both published by Duke University Press: In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (2006) and Liberated Territory: Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party (2008). He is currently at work on a monograph tentatively titled, The Awakening of a Sleeping Giant: New Bedford, the Black Panthers, and the 1960s. He is also the author of numerous essays, reviews, and encyclopedia entries.