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 radical school activism, gender and school violence, and the African American freedom struggle. His work can be found in such journals as History of Education Quarterly, Paedagogica Historica and Teachers College Record. Current projects include studies of imperialism and progressive education, and the educational ideas of the Harlem Renaissance.