Kathleen Belew is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. She specializes in the recent history of the United States, examining the long aftermath of warfare. Her first book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard University Press, Spring 2018), explores how white power activists wrought a cohesive social movement through a common story about warfare and its weapons, uniforms, and technologies. By uniting previously disparate Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi, skinhead, and other groups, the movement carried out escalating acts of violence that reached a crescendo in the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City.
Books by Kathleen Belew
Interviews with Kathleen Belew
What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America
by Peggy Pascoe
Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race
by Matthew Frye Jacobson
Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America
by Alexandra Minna Stern
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
by Elizabeth Hinton
The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas
by Monica Muñoz Martinez
Defined by University of Chicago historian Kathleen Belew, white supremacy is a “broad system of laws, norms and customs that create a society with unequal opportunities for people based on race”. It persists to this day, and has surprising intersections with issues of labor and women’s reproduction. Here, she recommends books for coming to grips with the history of this complex topic.