College Provost Alice Yang

Alice Yang

Provost Alice Yang is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories. Provost Yang received a B.A. in English and

American Literature and an M.A.T. in Social Studies from Brown University. She then received an MA and PhD in History from Stanford University. She has been a member of the UCSC faculty since 1993 and received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. She teaches courses on historical memory, World War II, Asian American history, race, gender, oral history, and twentieth-century America. Her publications include Historical Memories of the Japanese American Internment and the Struggle for Redress (Stanford University Press, 2007), Major Problems in Asian American History (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? (Bedford/St. Martins Press, 2000), as well as many articles, book chapters and reviews. She is currently researching transnational memories of World War II in the Pacific and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society.

Provost Yang has previously served as the History Department Graduate Director (2007-10) and has served on numerous UCSC faculty and administrative committees.

Contact Provost Yang: Phone: 831-459-2328 


What is a Provost?

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the college, who, in conjunction with the faculty, is responsible for all academic programs and courses, advising, academic standing, and academic honors and awards. The Provost sponsors numerous academic and cultural programs and courses throughout the year, as well as faculty and student projects.

The College System at UC Santa Cruz

There are ten colleges, each with a different thematic focus to the First Year Seminar. The College serves as an academic community that gives substance to students’ academic and university experience during a student’s time at UCSC.  The college also houses student’s academic records.

Stevenson College

Adlai E. Stevenson is the second oldest college (founded in 1966). The Stevenson College Core Course is intended to provide intellectual and research preparation for students’ future academic endeavors. The course addresses the college’s intellectual and pedagogical aims through a holistic inquiry into academic research through the exploration of the relationship between "self and society". In addition, the course has an intellectual commitment to the general philosophy which has helped to define Stevenson College since its inception (articulated in the idea of the preservation of human dignity, the social cultivation of individual creativity and citizenship, and a belief in ethical responsibility). The course reflects the college’s long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary and culturally diverse readings while at the same time it affords students an opportunity to develop research interests, acquire greater understanding of the role of research universities in contemporary societies, and to acquire the requisite skills to engage in increasingly more sophisticated intellectual work while at UCSC.  Over the academic year students read a diverse range of texts, many of which they may read in future courses; meet in small seminars two/three times a week to share and debate their reactions to the texts; and of course learn to articulate their views in writing and other forms of communication.