Participant Info

First Name
Menika
Last Name
Dirkson
Affiliation
Temple University
Website URL
https://menikadirkson.weebly.com
Keywords
African American History, 20th Century U.S. History, Urban History, Race and Culture, Crime and Policing History
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About Me

I am a Philadelphia native and PhD Candidate in History who specializes in Race and Policing in post-1968 Urban America. My dissertation, “Hope and Struggle for the Inner City: Tough on Crime Policing and Juvenile Reform in Philadelphia, 1958-1976,” will explore black youth gangs and the efforts community activists, government officials, and police took to end gang violence and crime. Overall, my goals are to educate future generations and create new historical scholarship that is accessible and impactful to scholars and average citizens alike.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration, Race, Urban History