Cyrus O'Brien

Senior Research Associate

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Cyrus is a researcher and advocate with more than a decade of experience working against mass incarceration and for racial and social justice and currently serves as ASJ’s Senior Research Associate. He recently served as a Research Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Danforth Center for Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught courses about U.S. history, race, religion, and politics.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Cyrus earned his PhD at the University of Michigan. He has won awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation. His writing has been published in the Journal of American History and the Review of African Political Economy. Cyrus lives in Western Massachusetts with his spouse and dog, who enjoys bike rides almost as much as he does.