Daniel Perlstein is a historian committed to scholarship that promotes the creation of more equitable and humane schools. His research focuses on the relationship of democratic aspirations to social inequalities in American schools and life. His book Justice, Justice: School Politics and the Eclipse of Liberalism explores the place of race and class conflicts in the politics of urban education. He has also written on such topics as gender and school violence, progressive pedagogy and the history of Arfican American education. His work can be found in such academic journals as History of Education Quarterly, Paedagogica Historica and Teachers College Record, as well as in such professional journals as Educational Leadership and such activist publications as Transforming Teacher Unions and Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching.