Matthew Lasar

DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
Web Site 90 Cubed Rule - my course website
Radio Survivor - my blog about radio
Office280 Stevenson College
Office HoursSpring 2017: Wednesdays 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.

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