Kenneth Alyass entered the program in the Fall of 2019. A native of Michigan, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in history from Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit. He is pursuing a PhD in history, working with his primary advisor, Elizabeth Hinton, and his other advisors Lizabeth Cohen, Walter Johnson, Lisa McGirr, and Tiya Miles.
He is a historian of urban America. At Harvard he studies race, class, and crime in American suburbs. His project seeks to examine how the rise of mass incarceration, punitive policing, industrial restructuring, and neoliberalism impacted American metropolitan regions in the final half of the twentieth century.
Kenneth has presented at multiple conferences such as the American Historical Association, Midwestern History Conference, and Society for American City and Regional Planning History. He is also published in the Michigan Journal of History.His experience includes working as an archival curator for a digital humanities project, an independent researcher for the Walter P. Reuther Library, and a research assistant for an organization that is restoring the home of the founder of Wayne State University. His most recent task is serving as an Assistant Editor for the Urban History Association’s blog, The Metropole.