Carl Suddler

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Office: Bowden 120

Phone: 404-727-7392



Carl Suddler, Assistant Professor (B.A., The University of Delaware; Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington). Twentieth-century U.S. history; African American history; histories of crime and punishment; the carceral state; sport history. 

Carl Suddler is an African American historian whose research interests lie at the intersections of youth, race, and crime. Suddler’s scholarship is committed to developing better understandings of the consequences of inequity in the United States. His research and teaching interests are related to twentieth-century U.S. history, African American urban history, histories of crime and punishment, the carceral state, sport history, and histories of childhood and youth.

Suddler’s first book, Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York (New York University Press, 2019) points to a critical shift in the carceral turn between the 1930s and 1960s when state responses to juvenile delinquency increasingly criminalized black youths and tethered their lives to a justice system that became less rehabilitative and more punitive. His other works has also appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as the Journal of American History, Journal of African American History, American Studies Journal, as well as op-eds for the Washington Post, The Conversation, and Bleacher Report.

Suddler earned his B.A. in History and Black American Studies from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to his appointment at Emory, he was an assistant professor of history at Florida Atlantic University and a postdoctoral fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory.


  • B.A., History and Black American Studies, the University of Delaware
  • Ph.D., History, Indiana University, Bloomington


  • Twentieth-century U.S. history
  • African American history
  • Histories of crime and punishment
  • The carceral state
  • Sport history