Dan Berger is a scholar, author, and activist. He is the editor of The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism (Rutgers University Press, 2010), author of Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (AK Press, 2006), and coeditor of Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out (Nation Books, 2005). He is currently writing a book entitled Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing During the Civil Rights Era, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. He is an assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington at Bothell.
Berger earned his master's degree, Ph.D., and a certificate in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, "'We Are the Revolutionaries': Visibility, Protest, and Racial Formation in 1970s Prison Radicalism," examined the ways black and Puerto Rican prisoners understood race and created antiracist social movements targeting their confinement. For this research, he was awarded a Mellon Dissertation Fellow through the Council on Library and Information Resources, as well as a graduate fellowship in the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism. From 2010 through 2012, he was the George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication. In 2011-2012, he was an associate fellow in the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.
The grandson of Holocaust survivors, Berger is a longtime social justice activist. His writings on prisons, political prisoners, race, media, social movements, and other subjects have been published in scholarly journals, popular magazines, and online forums, including the International Journal of Communication, Left Turn, The Nation, Punishment & Society, the Philadelphia Inquirer, SOULS, Transforming Anthropology, WireTap, and Z, among elsewhere. He serves on the editorial board of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture . Berger is also a founding member of Decarcerate PA.