Dr. Bergeson-Lockwood is a historian of race, politics, and the law in the United States. Specializing in nineteenth century northern urban life, his work examines how black men and women in cities challenged discrimination and attempted to use the tools of party politics in their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.
A native of Washington, DC, he graduated from Boston College in 2003 and completed his MA and PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 2011. He has taught courses in African American and United States History at George Mason University and the University of Maryland. In 2012-2013 he was the postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) at Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition to his new book, Race Over Party, he has published essays in several edited volumes, the Journal of Urban History, and the Journal of the Civil War Era from which his article on racial discrimination in public amusement won the Richard's Prize for best article published in 2015. He also writes blog posts for UNC Press, Muster, Black Perspectives, and History News Network.
He currently lives in Washington, DC.