Brandon M. Terry is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and the co-director of the Institute on Policing, Incarceration, and Public Safety at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Brandon is also a Faculty Affiliate of American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for History and Economics. Terry earned a PhD with distinction in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University, an MSc in Political Theory Research as a Michael von Clemm Fellow at Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford, and an AB, magna cum laude, in Government and African and African American Studies from Harvard College.
A scholar of African American political thought, Brandon is the author and the editor, with Tommie Shelby, of To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Harvard University Press, 2018) and the editor of Fifty Years Since MLK (Boston Review/MIT 2018). His forthcoming book, The Tragic Vision of the Civil Rights Movement, will appear from Harvard University Press in 2024. In addition to his books, he has published work in Modern Intellectual History, Political Theory, The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, Dissent, The Point, and New Labor Forum. He has appeared on The Ezra Klein Show, appeared in film commentary for Apple TV’s Emancipation, and provided commentary for major news outlets and documentaries.