Dr. Mark Santow is Associate Professor and Chair of History at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, specializing in 20th century American urban history, politics, military history, civil rights and social policy. He received his doctorate in American History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Santow is co-author of Social Security and the Middle-Class Squeeze (Praeger 2005). University of Chicago Press will publish his book Saul Alinsky and the Dilemma of Race in the Postwar City in June 2023, which explores the historical origins of housing and school segregation in the Chicago area, and efforts to grapple with it through policy and activism. He is currently working on a book entitled Castles Made of Sand? Homeownership and the American Dream, which will critically examine the causes and consequences of the post-war American project of mass home ownership. In addition to chairing the History Department at UMass since 2011, he is on the faculty advisory board of the Black Studies and Urban Studies programs, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.