Stevenson College 2019 Commencement Speaker: Tyler Stovall

April 10, 2019

Tyler Stovall

Tyler Stovall joined UC Santa Cruz as Dean of Humanities in April 2015. 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. Before UC Berkeley, Dean Stovall spent 13 years as a faculty member in the UC Santa Cruz Humanities Division. During his last three years at Santa Cruz, he also served as chair of the History Department and Provost of Stevenson College. Originally from Columbus Ohio, Dean 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. He has also taught at Ohio State University and was a visiting professor at the Université de Polynésie Française in Tahiti.

Dean 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. His publications include Transnational France: The Modern History of a Universal Nation (2015), Black France (2012), Paris and the Spirit of 1919: Consumer Struggles, Transnationalism, and Revolution (2012), “Intersections of Race and Gender in French History,” special issue of French Historical Studies, vol. 33/#3 (2010), “French Colonial Urbanism,” special issue of Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques vol. 33/#2 (2007), French Identity in Question: Nationalism, Colonialism, and Race (2003), The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France 2003, France Since 1945 (2003), Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light (1996), The Rise of the Paris Red Belt (1990). In 2016, Dean Stovall was elected president of the American Historical Association (AHA). The AHA is the largest professional organization in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of history and historical thinking.