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.

Eric Porter
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
    • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Affiliations Music Department, Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
    831-459-5287 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location 235 Humanities 1
  • Office Hours Spring 2018: Wednesdays, 9:30am to 11:30am, or by appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise African American / Black Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Jazz, American Studies, California History, Improvisation, Urban studies, Cultural Studies
  • Courses Taught HIS 120: W.E.B. Du Bois; HIS 122A: Jazz and United States Cultural History; HIS 122B: Jazz and United States Cultural History; HIS 190C: 9/11 in Historical Perspective; HISC 216: Critical Race/Ethnic Studies; HISC: 246: Black Radicalism; HIS 204C: Colonialism, Nationalism And Race Research Seminar

Research Interests

Black cultural and intellectual history; US cultural history and cultural studies; critical race and ethnic studies; popular music and jazz studies; black radicalism; urban studies.

Biography, Education and Training

B.A. History, UC Berkeley
M.A. American Studies, University of Michigan
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Michigan