Faculty by Research Specialization

The Department of History at UC Santa Cruz is known for its innovative research and exemplary scholarship. Our faculty work at the cutting edge of their respective fields, covering a wide variety of geographic, temporal, and thematic fields of study. The areas of specialization listed here are by no means an exhaustive list of our scholastic interests. Rather, they highlight the diverse and often overlapping ideas and approaches we explore within our teaching and research.

Dana Frank
  • Title
    • Professor Emerita
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Community Studies Program, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-459-2542 (office)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location 539 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Spring 2018: Tuesdays 3-5 p.m. and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Labor and Social Movements, Foreign Policy, Latin American and Latino Studies, Social Justice, US 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, US History in Transantional Perspective

Summary of Expertise

Modern Honduras; U.S. Labor and Working-Class History; Women and Social Movements in the U.S.; Race and Ethnicity in the U.S; The Great Depression; Buy American Campaigns in U.S. History; Banana Workers in Latin America; History of U.S. Foreign Relations/U.S. History in Transnational Perspective

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: Human Rights and U.S. Policy in Post-Coup Honduras

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

Selected Presentations

  • Public Testimony, California State Assembly, on immigration of undocumented, unaccompanied minors from Central America, August 19, 2014.
  • Public Testimony, Tom Lantos Human Right Commission, United States Congress House of Representatives, on human rights in Honduras, July 25, 2013.
  • Public Testimony, Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Developmen, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, May 9, 2013, on human rights in Honduras.

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