Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Gray Fischer
University of Texas at Dallas
Website URL
Women, police, law enforcement, sex work, prostitution, intersectionality, critical race theory, feminist activisms, Boston, Los Angeles, broken windows
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian of the twentieth-century United States. My research and teaching unite Black feminist analysis and critical race studies to explore histories of gender, sexuality, and race; law enforcement and the state; and social and political movements in the modern United States. Currently, I am writing a history of race and sexual policing between the fall of Prohibition in the 1930s and the triumph of broken windows policing, or mass misdemeanor policing, in the 1980s.

I am an assistant professor at the University of Texas at DallasI received my PhD in History from Brown University with a Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

“‘Land of the White Hunter’: Legal Liberalism and the Racial Politics of Morals Enforcement in Midcentury Los Angeles,” Journal of American History (March 2019)

“‘The Place is Gone!’: Policing Black Women to Redevelop Downtown Boston,” in “Social Histories of Neoliberalism,” a special issue of the Journal of Social History (forthcoming, 2019)

Nonacademic Publications

“Linda Fairstein is under fire for the Central Park Five. But another part of her career deserves greater scrutiny,” Washington Post, June 12, 2019

“Why do police riot squads target protesters?” Washington Post, August 25, 2017.

“Protected and Policed,” Women’s Review of Books, 32, No. 5 (September/October 2015).

“Sex Work and the Law,” Women’s Review of Books, 30, No. 5 (September/October 2013).

“Forty Years in the Hustle,” Bitch, Spring 2013; reposted on

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Law, Local & Regional, Politics, Race, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women