Matthew Lasar

DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
Web Site 90 Cubed Rule - my course website
Radio Survivor - my blog about radio
Office280 Stevenson College
Office HoursWednesdays 10 am to 1 pm
Campus Mail StopStevenson Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Matthew Lasar

Research Interests

United States history; world history; history of the Cold War; radio and telecommunications history.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D, Claremont Graduate School (now University)

Honors, Awards and Grants

UCSC Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016

Selected Publications

  • Radio 2.0: Uploading the First Broadcast Medium, ABC-CLIO Praeger, 2016

  • Uneasy Listening: Pacifica Radio's Civil War, London: Black Apollo Press, 2005.

  • Pacifica Radio: The Rise of an Alternative Network Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999; Robert Dawidoff, series editor; updated edition in paperback, 2000

  • "The Triumph of the Visual: Stages and Cycles in the Pornography Controversy from the McCarthy Era to the Present," The Journal of Policy History, Volume 7, No. 2, 1995.

  • "Pacifica Radio's Crisis of Containment," in McCauley, Artz, Halleck, and Peterson, eds., Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest, New York: M.E. Sharpe, December, 2002.

  • "Right out in public": Pacifica Radio, the Cold War, and the Political Origins of Alternative Media", Pacific Historical Review, Volume 67, Number 4, November 1998.

  • "Hybrid Highbrow: KPFA's Reconstruction of Elite Culture, 1942-1960," The Journal of Radio Studies, Volume 5, Number 1, Winter, 1998.

Teaching Interests

The United States of America; the Cold War; conspiracies and conspiracy theories.

Courses Taught

HIS 10B, The United States of America from the Gilded Age through the Cold War
HIS 110E, What Is a Nation? The U.S. from 1877 to 1914
HIS 110F, The United States from World War I through World War II
HIS 110G, The U.S. after the Second World War
History 117: Global Cold War
History 118a: Conspiracy Planet
History 15: The United States of America