Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor (2017–18)
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor (effective July 1, 2018)

of US History

PhD 2016 (history) Stanford University
AB 2010 (history) Columbia University

William Rainey Harper Memorial Library,
East Tower, room 687 – Office
(773) 834-3145 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax

Research Specialties

Twentieth-century United States, African American history, urban studies, racial inequality, and the history of capitalism


Destin Jenkins's research centers on the linkages between the American state, capitalism, racial inequality, and the built environment in the twentieth century. His first book, tentatively titled Bonded Metropolis: Debt, Redevelopment, and Racial Inequality in Postwar San Francisco, will argue that the practices of municipal debt finance redistributed wealth upwards, reinscribed racial inequality, and became a constraint on democratic state power. Trained at Columbia and Stanford universities, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History in 2016–17.


"'Bailed out by the Negroes': Liberalism, Racial Hierarchy, and the Profitability of Negro Removal in Postwar San Francisco," (under review).

"Conditional Service: Bankers, Penalties, and the Truncation of the American Welfare State, 1929–1941," (under review).


He teaches the history of the United States in the twentieth century, as well as course offerings on the history of racial capitalism, the racial wealth gap, metropolitan history, and black internationalism.

HIST 29519/CRES 29519 Histories of Racial Capitalism (Autumn 2017)