• Donna Murch
  • Donna Murch
  • Associate Professor of History
  • Degree: Ph.D., History, U.C. Berkeley, 2004
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2004
  • Specialty: African-American and US History: Black Radicalism; History of Mass Incarceration
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  • Office: 305 Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone: 848-932-8379



Website: https://www.donnamurch.net/


Donna Murch is associate professor of history at Rutgers University, where she is chapter president of the New Brunswick chapter of Rutgers AAUP AFT. Her newest book, Assata Taught Me: State Violence, Racial Capitalism, and the Movement for Black Lives was published by Haymarket Books in March 2022. In October 2010, Murch published Living for the City: Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California with the University of North Carolina Press, which won the Phillis Wheatley prize in December 2011.  Professor Murch is currently completing a new trade press book entitled Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and the War on Drugs.  She has written for the Sunday Washington Post, Guardian, New Republic, Nation, Boston Review, Jacobin, Black Scholar, Souls, the Journal of Urban History, Journal of American History, Perspectives and New Politics and appeared on BBC, CNN, Democracy Now and in Stanley Nelson’s documentary, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Sam Pollard’s MLK/FBI.


Professor Murch teaches undergraduate courses in history methodology, black urban history, histories of the Movement for Black Lives/Black Lives Matter and on drug consumption and criminalization. She also teaches graduate research and writing courses and a colloquium entitled “Race, Criminalization and the Carceral State.”



  • 512:191  Black Lives Matter
  • 512:364  History of Blacks in Urban America
  • 506:401  Capitalism Plus Dope
  • 506:402  The Black Panther Party and American Social Movements


  • 510: 553 Problems and Directed Readings in African American History
  • 510: 561 History of the Long Sixties, U.S. Colloquium
  • 510:563  Race, Criminalization and the Carceral State, Af Am Colloquium
  • 510:563  The City in Fragments, U.S. Colloquium