Dylan C. Penningroth is a professor of law and history at the University of California–Berkeley who specializes in African American history and legal history. His first book, The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South, published by the University of North Carolina Press, won the 2004 Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award from the Organization of American Historians. His articles have appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Journal of American History, and the American Historical Review. Penningroth has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Currently serving as Associate Dean of the Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley, he lives in Kensington, California, with his family.