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Katherine Bynum Chávez is an oral historian of the Black and Brown freedom struggles and the carceral state. She is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, where she specializes in race and politics in the twentieth century United States. 

Her manuscript in progress, Civil Rights in the City of Hate: Grassroots Organizing against Police Brutality in Dallas is about the efforts of Black and Brown activists to curtail police violence throughout the twentieth century. 

Bynum Chávez was formerly the project manager and research assistant of the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project (2015-2018) at Texas Christian University. She contributed a chapter for the book's edited anthology, Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle (University of Texas Press, 2021).

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