Jesse Carr is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Beloit College's Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness. He received his B.A. in Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College (2004), and his M.A. (2011) and PhD (2015) in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Carr’s research and teaching focus on postbellum U.S. history, ethnicity and gender, legal studies, and relationships between violence and state formation. He is the creator of State Sanctioned, an online clearinghouse for news & analysis related to state-sanctioned violence in the U.S.
Carr’s doctoral thesis, States of Exceptionalism: Race, Violence, and Governance, illuminates the role of race in the organization of state power during the early twentieth century, and shows the influence of this history on police and military violence in the present. Covering the lynching era (1880 – 1930), with a special focus on WWI and the Red Summer of 1919, States of Exceptionalism reveals fascinating linkages between extralegal and state-sanctioned violence, which flourish at the nexus of discourses on race and crisis.
Carr’s article, “The Lawlessness of Law,” was published in The Journal of Settler-Colonial Studies in May, 2015.