Dawson Barrett has written an important book for our times. The Defiant reads like a continuation of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, picking up where Zinn left off.
— Stephen Duncombe


Dawson Barrett is Associate Professor of US History at Del Mar College in Texas.

He is the author of Teenage Rebels: Successful High School Activists from the Little Rock Nine to the Class of Tomorrow (Microcosm Publishing, 2015) and The Defiant: Protest Movements in Post-Liberal America (New York University Press, 2018).

His writings on activism, teaching, youth, punk rock, and the 2011 Wisconsin labor crisis have appeared in academic and popular publications, including American Studies, Teen VoguePortside, TruthDig, and Waging Nonviolence.

A graduate of Portland State University (B.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A., PhD), Dawson is a teacher, a recovering punk rocker, and a cheerleader for troublemakers and rabble rousers of all ages. 

He has been quoted in/by The Atlantic, Texas Public RadioNBC News, The Nation, and Punk Planet, among other publications.