Dana Frank

DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
AffiliationsLatin American & Latino Studies,
Community Studies Program
Phone831-459-2542 (office)
Office539 Humanities 1
Office HoursFall 2014: Mondays 1:00-3:00 p.m. and by appointment
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Research Interests

Modern Honduran history and contemporary Honduras; U.S. policy in Latin America; U.S. social history,labor history, and women's history; banana workers in Latin America

Current Research: U.S. Policy and Post-Coup Honduras; The AFL-CIO's Cold War in Honduras, 1954-1979

Biography, Education and Training

M.A., Ph.D. Yale University

B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

Honors, Awards and Grants

Selected Grants and Fellowships:

--National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers/Fellowship for College Teachers, 2011-12, 1996-97, 1990-91

--University of California President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2011-12

--UC Mexus Small Grant, University of California, 2010

--Travel Grant, New York University Center for the U.S. and the Cold War, 2009

--Labor Studies Grant, Miguel Contreras Labor Studies Fund, University of California, for the Center for Labor Studies, 2008-09 ($90,000) 2007-08, $85,000

--Faculty Research Grant, University of California Labor and Employment Research Fund, 2008-09 ($30,000), 2007-08 ($20,000)

--Institute for Humanities Research, Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011,2004

--Albert Beveridge Grant, American Historical Association, 1986

--John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fellowship, Program on Non-Profit Organizations, Yale University, 1986

--Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies, 1984

--Yale University Prize Teaching Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, 1983-84

--Yale University Graduate Fellowship, 1980-84

--Danforth Graduate Fellowship, 1980-84

Honors and Prizes:

--Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics, University of Oregon, Spring Quarter, 2001

--Excellence in Teaching Prize, Academic Senate Committee on Teaching, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2001

--Book of the Year Award, International Labor History Association, 1999

--W. Turrentine Jackson Prize for best first book, Western History Association, 1996

--George Washington Eggleston Prize for Best Dissertation in U.S. History, Yale University, 1988

Selected Publications

  • "Hopeless in Honduras? ForeignAffairs.com, November 22, 2013, http://www.foreignaffair

  • Honduras Votes," The Nation, November 25, 2013, on line November 6, 2013. http://www

  • "In Honduras, Military Takes Over With U.S. Blessing," Miami Herald, September 11, 2013.

  • ssons," The Baffler, No. 23, (August 2013), http://thebaffler.com/past/vocabulary_lessons

  • "How Low Can Honduras Go?" The Nation.com, October 15, 2012.

  • "U.S. Has Blinders on in Honduras," Los Angeles Times, August 24, 2012.

  • "Honduras Gone Wrong," Foreign Affairs.com, October 16, 2012; http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138188/dana-frank/honduras-gone-wrong

  • “Honduras: Which Side Are We On?” The Nation (cover story), June 11, 2012, and TheNation

  • "A Mess in Honduras, Made in the U.S.," New York Times, January 27, 2012; simultaneously in the International Herald Tribune; reprinted in El Tiempo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), January 28, translated into German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, distributed worldwide; http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/opinion/in-honduras-a-mess-helped-by-the-us.html?_r=0.

  • "Bananas, Elephants, and a Coup: Learning International Solidarity the Hard Way," in Richar

  • "Wikileaks Honduras: U.S. Linked to Brutal Businessman," TheNation.com, October 21, 201

  • "Honduras in Flames," TheNation.com, February 16, 2012, http://www.thenation.com/articl

  • "Open Season on Teachers in Honduras," TheNation.com, May 5, 2011; in Spanish, "Honduras: La Temporada de los Docentes Gaseados," at voselsoberano.com, (Honduras) May 5, 2011. Reposted widely.

  • "Hondurans' Great Awakening," The Nation, April 5, 2010; also posted at TheNation.com, M

  • "Out of the Past, A New Honduran Culture of Resistance," NACLA: Report on the Americas, May/June, 2010 (Vol. 43, No. 3), pp. 6-10. http://news-business.vlex.com/vid/out-past-honduran-culture-resistance-211508951

  • "President Obama's Honduran Test," San Francisco Chronicle, July 1, 2009

  • "Our Fruit, Their Labor, and Global Reality," The Washington Post, June 2, 2002

  • Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America (Boston: South End Press, 2005). Translated into Spanish by Janeth Blanco, with a new introduction, El Poder de las Mujeres es Poder Sindical: La Transformación de los Sindicatos Bananeros de América Latina, Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Editorial Guaymuras, 2006.

  • Local Girl Makes History: Exploring Northern California's Kitsch Monuments (San Francisco:

  • Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor's Last Century, with Robin D.G. Kelley and Howard Zinn (Boston: Beacon Press, 2001). Reprinted, as "Women Strikers Occupy Chain Store, Win Big," (Chicago: Haymarket Books), 2012.

  • Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism (Boston: Beacon Press, 1999); ex

  • Purchasing Power: Consumer Organizing, Gender, and the Seattle Labor Movement, 1919-1

Teaching Interests

U.S. labor History

Women and Social Movements in the U.S.

The U.S. Great Depression

Transnational Perspectives on U.S. History

Courses Taught

HIS 115A, U.S. Labor History to 1919
HIS 115B, U.S. Labor History, 1919 to the Present
HIS 115C, Learning from the U.S. Great Depression
HIS 190S, Women and Social Movements in the U.S
HIS 215A, Topics in American History: U.S. Labor and Working Class History
HIS 210B, Readings in U.S. History