David T. Beito is an emeritus professor of history at the University of Alabama and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His academic research covers a wide range of topics in American history including civil rights, tax revolts, civil liberties in the New Deal period, the non-governmental provision of infrastructure, and mutual aid.
His books include From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967 and T.R.M. Howard, Doctor, Entrepreneur, Civil Rights Pioneer (co-authored by Linda Royster Beito).

His most recent book is The New Deal’s War On the Bill of Rights: The Untold Story of FDR’s Concentration Camps, Censorship, and Mass Surveillance.