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Alan Kuperman

Associate ProfessorPh.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alan Kuperman


  • Phone: 512-471-8245
  • Office: SRH 3.354
  • Office Hours: Spring 2011 - Monday, 11-1:00 p.m. or by appointment


Alan J. Kuperman, came to the LBJ School in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the LBJ School faculty, Kuperman was Resident Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy.He has a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.A. in international relations and international economics from SAIS. He has published articles and book chapters on ethnic conflict, U.S. military intervention and nuclear proliferation. He is also the author of The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda and co-editor of Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion, and Civil War.

In addition to his academic experience, Kuperman has been a Fellow in the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Caribbean Affairs, Legislative Director for Congressman Charles Schumer of New York, Legislative Assistant for U.S. House Speaker Thomas Foley, Chief of Staff for Congressman James Scheuer, and Senior Policy Analyst for the nongovernmental Nuclear Control Institute.


HIS 381 • Military Strategy

39698 • Spring 2017
Meets M 6:00PM-9:00PM SRH 3.312

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race and the Criminal Justice System

 This course examines the way in which racial bias, in both American policy and politics, has impacted the relationship between African Americans and the justice system from the convict lease era in slavery's aftermath to the crisis of mass incarceration and the age of Black Lives Matter.

We will pay particular attention to the impact of federal anti-crime policy on sentencing, mandatory minimums, DOJ Byrne Grants, the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, the drug war, juvenile justice, and prisoner rehabilitation and rights since The Great Society.

Students will be evaluated based on three criteria: 1) Weekly three paragraph critical analysis of the readings. 2)Final 20 page critical historical and policy analysis on a specific aspect of criminal justice reform (e.g. ending money bail system for criminal defendants charged with low level warrants) 3) Class participation, including group presentation.

Reading: We will read one book or article per week. 

 Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser. 


May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.


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