Jason C. Sokol

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-3024
Office: History, Horton SSC Rm 409, Durham, NH 03824
Jason Sokol

Jason Sokol is a historian of the civil rights movement. He is the author of three books: There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights (Alfred A. Knopf), which was named one of the 10 best books of 2006 in the Washington Post Book World; All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn (Basic Books, 2014); and The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Basic Books, 2018).
Sokol was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts (the birthplace of basketball). He graduated from Oberlin College, and received his doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley.He is the recipient of post-doctoral fellowships from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University. He was also awarded a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals as well as popular publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Politico, and The Root.

Education

  • Ph.D., History, University of California - Berkeley
  • M.A., University of California - Berkeley
  • B.A., Oberlin College

Research Interests

  • 20th century U.S.
  • African-American History
  • Civil Rights movement
  • Political history

Courses Taught

  • HIST 406: History of Modern US
  • HIST 440: Honors/MLK:StruggleRacial Just
  • HIST 506: African American History
  • HIST 616: United States Since WWII
  • HIST 690: Race in 20th Cent. America
  • HIST 990: Seminar in American History

Selected Publications

Sokol, J. (2018). The World Stands Aghast: The Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Global Perspective. Journal of African American History, 103(3).

Sokol, J. (2018). The Heavens Might Crack The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.. Basic Books.

Sokol, J. (2014). All Eyes are Upon Us Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn. Basic Books.

Sokol, J. (2006). There Goes My Everything White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975. Knopf.