Carl Suddler

Assistant Professor
Department of History

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Dr. Suddler specializes in African American history, with particular attention to constructions of youth, race, and crime in the twentieth century. His research and teaching interests include African American history; twentieth-century U.S. history; urban history; histories of crime and punishment; the carceral state; sport history; histories of childhood and youth. His forthcoming book, Presumed Criminal, examines how the juvenile justice system and its associated authorities contributed to racialized constructions of youth criminality in New York City from the 1930s to the 1960s. Bridging the gap between the New Deal and the War on Crime, Suddler argues that black youths faced a more punitive justice system by the postwar era that restricted their social mobility and categorically branded them as criminal. Suddler’s next book-length project will explore the relationship between organized sports and the making of the carceral state in the United States. In addition to public lectures, Dr. Suddler has presented papers at a range of academic conferences including at the Association for African American Life and History, American Studies Association, Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the American Historical Association annual meetings.

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