Dean Humanities UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Tyler Stovall joined UC Santa Cruz as Dean of Humanities in April 2014. Prior to that, he was a professor of French history and dean of the Undergraduate Division of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley. Originally from Columbus Ohio, Stovall earned his B.A. in history from Harvard University and an M.A in European history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he went on to receive a Ph.D. in Modern European/French History with a minor in Latin American Studies. Stovall is the author of several books and numerous articles in the field of modern French history, specializing in transnational history, labor, colonialism, and race. Stovall is president of the American Historical Association (AHA).
Abstract: Personal Achievements and Collective Histories: Scenes from an Academic Life
“In this talk I want to give an overview of my career in academia, both successes and challenges, and talk about them in the historical context of African American life since the beginnings of the civil rights movement. I will consider the ways in which my own achievements have been both shaped by and have mirrored this broader historical context, and argue that individual success and community support are not opposites but are in fact deeply intertwined. One is only as strong as the number of people who will come to your aid.”