About Samuel Mitrani


Sam Mitrani has been a full-time faculty member at College of DuPage since 2011. In that time, he has designed several new courses for the college on topics ranging from World War II and the Holocaust to the history of work in the United States. Sam has also presented on a wide range of topics at the College, in the community, and at academic conferences. These include the international history of migration; the experience of U.S. Civil War veterans after the war; the social, political, and economic context of Hurricane Maria's destruction of Puerto Rico; the origins of police; the role of criminological data in the construction and justification of racist policing strategies; the 1919 Boston police strike; the conquest of Illinois by white settlers, and many others. He is currently the editor of ESSAI, the COD magazine of student writing.

In addition to his work on campus, Sam is an expert on the history of policing and an active participant in the academic world. His book, The Rise of the Chicago Police Department: Class and Conflict, 1850-1894 was published in 2014 by the University of Illinois Press.

Recent Courses Taught at COD

  • History 1120: Europe in the Modern World
  • History 2242: African American History
  • History 2250: World War II and the Holocaust
  • History 2255: Work and Workers in U.S. History
  • History 2260: The U.S. Since 1945
  • History 2270: History of Chicago
  • History 2820: Karl Marx and the Making of the Modern World
  • History 2820: State Formation in the United States


  • Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Tutorial Studies, University of Chicago