PhD, University of Michigan
MA, Kent State University
MA, The Ohio State University
BA, The Ohio State University
Austin McCoy’s research interests focus on political economy, the Left, labor, social movements and activism, the carceral state, and hip hop culture. His current book project, entitled The Quest for Democracy: Black Power, New Left, and Progressive Politics in the Post-Industrial Midwest, analyzes movements against the criminal state and campaigns for participatory democracy in economics, foreign policy, and criminal justice after 1967. McCoy is also a public historian and scholar, publishing current social criticism in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, Nursing Clio, and Black Perspectives.
McCoy earned his PhD in history at the University of Michigan in 2016. He served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis from 2016-2018. At Auburn, McCoy teaches classes on African-American and U.S. history, including courses on the civil rights and black power movements, black politics, policing and the carceral state, and hip hop culture.
African-American history, 20th-century U.S. politics, the Left, social movements, activism
African American History: From Enslavement to Present
History of Hip Hop Culture in America