Nora Krinitsky

Nora Krinitsky is a historian of the modern United States, who specializes in African American history, urban history, the history of racial formation, and the history of the American carceral state. Her research examines the role of law enforcement and crime control policy in the governance of modern American cities, with close attention to the relationship between local policing and racialization. Her dissertation, “The Politics of Crime Control: Race, Policing, and Reform in Twentieth-Century Chicago,” explores those issues through a case study of early-twentieth-century Chicago law enforcement, finding that crime control policy represented the central mode through which city leaders and reformers sought to order the rapidly growing and diversifying city.


Krinitsky earned her PhD from the Department of History at the University of Michigan in 2017. She has presented her work at meetings of the Urban History Association, the Policy History Conference, the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, and the American Historical Association Annual Meeting. Her work has been generously funded by the National Fellowship at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, the Illinois State Historical Society, the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, and the University of Michigan Law School. At Case Western Reserve University, she will revise a book manuscript based on her dissertation, and author an article to be placed in the Journal of Urban History.



Case Western Reserve University
Department of History
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