I am an American historian with a focus on nineteenth and twentieth century social and cultural history. From this perspective, I’ve been especially interested in examining the history of California, popular entertainment and the African American experience. My forthcoming book, Gangster Boogie: Los Angeles Rap in the Reagan Era, explores all three. It explains how black youths in 1980s Los Angeles transformed the region’s hidden urban crisis into a national obsession, one that would prove culturally and politically consequential.
I am a historian of U.S. law, politics, and society, with research and teaching interests in constitutional law, social movements, gender, race and sexuality. My books and articles have focused on twentieth century urban gay and lesbian history; U.S. Supreme Court decisions on sex, marriage and reproduction; queer political activism; and sexual politics in the discipline of history. Over the last decade I have taught courses on U.S. constitutional law, gender and sexuality in North American history and the history of twentieth century political movements.
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1995
- At SF State since 1995
I am historian of Medieval Europe, specializing on Muslim/Christian relations in the Crown of Aragon,but my interests extend well beyond this field. I have published articles on religious conversion and diplomacy; contributed to a book on medieval knighthood; and written one book on captivity and co-written a world history textbook focused on how societies interact and influence one another. I have taught classes on a wide range of topics that include the Crusades, the Black Death, Crime and Punishment, Persecution and Magic and the Supernatural.
My teaching and research focus on social movements and politics in the United States. I am especially interested in the political ideas that have inspired radical protest and reform, as well as conservative activism. My first book, The Populist Vision (Oxford 2007), is a history of the Populist movement of the 1890s, the most powerful revolt against corporate power in U.S. history. My new book project is a history of social mobilizations of farmers, workers, women, and other activists and how they reshaped post-Civil War America.
- Ph.D., El Colegio de Mexico
- At SF State since 1988
I am a social historian of Latin America and the African diaspora. Both coming to San Francisco State, I taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at Moravian College, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. My research explores the interactions between global and local racial-formation processes as they relate to African descendent people and communities. Before turning to an academic career, I earned a degree in electrical engineering at Duke University and then worked for a few years in military weapons systems development.
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Mabalon August 10, 2018.
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon was born and raised in Stockton, California.
Her teaching and research interests include race and ethnicity, 20th century U.S., California and the West, Asian American History/Studies, Philippine and Filipina/o American history, gender, community and family history, immigration, youth cultures, urban history, cultural and historic preservation in ethnic communities, food cultures and foodways.
Over the last 15 years, I have worked with high school and college students in classes ranging from introductory courses in United States history and composition to advanced research methods at a variety of institutions including UCLA, UC Berkeley, California State University and San Francisco State University. My research looks at community development and cultural formation in American metropolitan spaces in the early twentieth century, with special interest paid to the development of collective identity and economic production in California towns and cities before World War II.