Leon Bates

Leon Bates

Doctoral Student


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Curriculum Vitae

Leon Bates

Leon is a second-year Ph.D. Student in the Department of History at Wayne State University, specializing in U.S. history 1877 to the present from Reconstruction to the Great Depression, with a focus on late 19th and early 20th-century urban history (Reconstruction to the Great Depression). His research interest is the urban environment, e.g., education, labor, criminal justice, violence, police violence, and the intersection of race.

Much of Leon’s research interests spawn from his life experiences with the U.S. military as an Army and National Guard NCO and Officer. Additionally, his 20-plus years as a licensed master electrician, commercial/industrial electrician, and controls technician, most of that time with IBEW, which gives him a unique perspective on U.S. labor history/issues as well as the built environment.

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • U.S. History--Reconstruction to the Great Depression

    Urban History, e.g., labor, medicine, policing, violence, police violence, and the intersection of race

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.A., History / Africana Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2013
  • M.A., Pan African Studies, University of Louisville, 2016