Chistina Heatherton

American Studies Scholar/Co-Director of the Trinity Social Justice Institute.


Christina Heatherton is the Elting Associate Professor of American Studies and Human Rights at Trinity College. She is the author of Arise! Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution (Univ. of California Press, 2022), to be translated into Spanish and published by La Cigarra Press (Mexico City, Mexico) in Fall 2023. With Jordan T. Camp she edited Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016). Her work has been published in volumes such as The Cambridge History of America in the World edited by Kristin Lee Hoganson and Jay Sexton (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2021);Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State: Inequality, Exclusion and Change edited by Leela Fernandes (NYU Press, 2018); Futures of Black Radicalism edited by Gaye Johnson and Alex Lubin (Verso, 2017); The Rising Tides of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements Across the Pacific edited by Moon-Ho Jung (Univ. of Washington Press, 2014), and will appear in Racism, Violence, Crime and Media, edited by Waqas Tufail, et. al. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). Her writing also appears in journals such as American Quarterly, Society and Space, Women’s Studies Quarterly, City, Social Justice, Interface, as well as popular venues such as Public Seminar, Politics/Letters, Zocalo, The Funambulist, Washington Spectator, 032 Magazine, and Steve Thornton’sWicked Hartford (History Press, 2017). She previously co-founded and co-directed several public facing initiatives including New Directions in American Studies (NDAS) at Barnard College; the Oral History and Activism Project; the Working Group on Racial Capitalism, a project of the Center for Study of Social Difference (CSSD), Columbia University. She is the editor ofDowntown Blues: A Skid Row Reader (Freedom Now Books, 2011) and co-editor with Jordan T. Camp of Freedom Now! Struggles for the Human Right to Housing in LA and Beyond (Freedom Now Books, 2012). She is currently Co-Director of the Trinity Social Justice Institute.