History Department {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Welcome to the Department of History

Our undergraduate program trains students in the methods of history and provides a solid basis for students to go on to graduate programs in history or to careers in a variety of fields. We oversee the social science subject matter competence program that will qualify students to apply to secondary education credential programs in the social sciences.

Students interested in the graduate study of history will be happy to learn of the excellence of our M.A. program. A recent survey by the American Historical Association has noted that more of our M.A. students go on to Ph.D.programs than from any other stand-alone M.A. program in the nation. Students may specialize in the fields of U.S. history, European history before 1500, European history since 1500, Latin American history, and Gender in history. In addition, the recently adopted concentration in Modern World history gives our students an opportunity to study an important emerging field of history. Students interested in applying to our graduate program should review the SFSU graduate application procedures as well as the History Department Graduate Program website.

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Tenure Track Job Opening : California History

The Department of History at San Francisco State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in 19th- or 20th century US history with a specialization in the history of California. The subfields for the position are open, and we encourage applicants with all historical approaches. We will look with special interest at candidates with expertise in African American history, Latina/o or Chicana/o history, or Native American history. We also welcome candidates with grounding in urban history, borderlands history, public history, and/or digital history. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses per semester, including upper division lecture courses and seminars for undergraduates and MA students. Salary will be negotiated commensurate with experience. The University is an Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans, and people with disabilities.

San Francisco State University, a large urban university, is part of the 23-campus California State University system and serves a diverse student body in liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. The mission of the University is to maintain an environment for learning that promotes an appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity; fosters excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective in teaching; to demonstrate professional achievement and growth through continued research, publications, and/or creative activities; and to contribute their academic expertise and leadership to the campus and community.

The candidate must have completed a PhD in history by August 1, 2015. The appointment begins with the start of the academic year in Fall 2015. To apply, please submit a CV, a writing sample, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations (if available), three recent letters of recommendation, and a letter of application that discusses teaching interests and philosophy as well as research interests. Applications should be sent via email to: ussearch@sfsu.edu. For inquiries contact Philip Dreyfus, Chair, Department of History, by phone: (415) 338-7537 or by email: pdreyfus@sfsu.edu.

The deadline for receiving applications is November 3, 2014.


History Department Office is back in the Science Building!

The History Department Office and faculty offices are moving back to the Science Building on May 19th.  Look for us in our newly refurbished quarters in SCI 270.

Dawn Mabalon's New Publication: Little Manila is in the Heart


Little Manila Is in the Heart

The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California

Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Ph.D.


Narrating a history spanning much of the twentieth century, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon traces the growth of Stockton's Filipina/o American community, the birth and eventual destruction of Little Manila, and recent efforts to remember and preserve it.


For more information and to view the table of contents, please visit the Duke University Press website.

To read the introduction, please visit this book's preview on Scribd.


See the lead article about Prof. Mabalon's book on the main SFSU webpage:

Historian brings Filipino American experience out of the shadows


Book Launch Celebration

2-4pm Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hotel Stockton, 133 E. Weber, Stockton, CA

Special book price: $25 (can be pre-ordered for pickup at the www.littlemanila.org site)

**Refreshments, signing, Old Pinoys, Bahala Na Escrima, Little Manila Afterschool Program & more

*co-sponsored by the Little Manila Foundation and the Stockton Chapter, Filipino American National Historical Society


Bay Area Book Talks

7pm Wed. July 10

City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway



 2-4pm Sat. August 3

Arkipelago Books, http://www.arkipelagobooks.com/

1010 Mission St., SF, CA 94103


4pm Tues. Sept. 10

IEAS Conference Room, UC Berkeley, 2223 Fulton St., 6th floor, Berkeley CA.


Stay updated on more signings & book info:



Seattle: late July, time and place TBA

UCLA/LA: late Oct, time and place TBA


Trevor Getz' new publication: African voices of the Global Past: 1500 to the Present

African Voices of the Global Past: 1500 to the Present

Edited by Trevor R. Getz

Westview Press

to be published August 2013


Global historical events are too often recounted exclusively through European and American voices. African Voices of the Global Past explores six major historical developments of global significance—the Atlantic slave trade, industrialization, colonialism, the World Wars, decolonization, and the development of modern feminism—from an African perspective. Voices emerge throughout the text in the form of primary sources that explore the personal accounts of individuals.These enable students to look beyond the indistinct figures of Africans in European and American accounts to see the people directly involved and affected by the major global changes they experienced. Featuring contributed chapters from renowned scholars, many from the continent of Africa or the African diaspora, African Voices of the Global Past offers a unique view of global history from a traditionally overlooked perspective. This book is a perfect supplement for world history and African history instructors seeking to relate a compelling narrative of major world events.  Contributors include Kwasi Konadu, Tim Carmichael, Osire Glasier, Saheed Aderinto, and Peter Adebayo.

Bay Area Social Justice Project


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Bay Area Social Justice Project

This site showcases the movement for civil rights in San Francisco during the early 1960s. It provides newspaper articles, photographs, documents, and video oral histories, cataloging an era of confrontation and activism. Based at San Francisco State University, the project seeks to bring to life an important period in the history of the San Francisco Bay Area.


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