Dr. Hasan Jeffries was born in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the nation’s leading institution for educating African American men. He later earned his MA in American History from Duke University, and his PhD in American History specializing in African American History after that.
In 2009, Hasan published his first book, Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt (NYU Press). His current book project, entitled Stealing Home: Ebbets Field and Black Working Class Life in PostCivil Rights New York, explores the struggle of working class African Americans to secure and enjoy their freedom rights, from the height of the civil rights era through the present, by examining the experiences of the residents of Ebbets Field Apartments, an expansive, 1,200 unit, affordable housing complex built in 1962 on the site of old Ebbets Field, the former home of Major League Baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers. He travels frequently to the South to visit friends, and returns often to Brooklyn to visit family.