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Lecturer, African American Studies and Communication Studies

Paul Von Blum is Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA.

He has taught at the University of California since 1968, serving 11 years at UC Berkeley before arriving at UCLA in 1980. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on art, culture, education, and politics. His most recent book is “A Life at the Margins: Keeping the Political Vision,” his 2011 memoir that chronicles almost 50 years of political activism, starting with his civil rights work in the South and elsewhere in the early 1960s. He is the author of three books on art and society as well as numerous articles on art, politics, culture, education and law including “Resistance Art in Los Angeles,” Unmasking L.A.: Third Worlds and the City. “Decades of Dignity: The Art of William Pajaud,” The Sights and Sounds of My New Orleans, in conjuntion with an art exhibition of the same name at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, curated by Samella Lewis, “Not as Strange as it Seems: Bioethics and Art,” Bioethics: Thresholds of Corporeal Completeness, in conjunction with an art exhibit of the same name at Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, California, Side Street Press. His book “Resistance, Dignity and Pride: African American art in Los Angeles” was published by the UCLA Center for African American Studies.

His most recent books are:

Creative Souls: African American Artists in Greater Los Angeles, The New World African Press, 2018
Civil Rights For Beginners, For Beginners, LLC, 2016
Paul Robeson For Beginners, For Beginners, LLC, (Distributor: Random House), 2013
Racism and the Law, Cognella, 2012; second edition, 2017


B.A.- New York University, History 1998

M.A.- New York University, History 2003

Ph.D.- New York University, History 2007


Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844 , forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press

“‘What Looks like Revolution’: Women and the Gendered Terrain of Slave Insurgencies in Cuba, 1843-44” forthcoming, Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2014).

With Piya Chatterjee, “Rethinking Bondage,” produced for the UCHRI Working Group, “Working at Living: The Social Relations of Precarity,” e-scholarship, July 2013, http://escholarshiporg/uc/ucsbfeministstudies_wal

“Scandalous Scarcities: Black Slave Women, Plantation Domesticity, and Travel Writing in Nineteenth-Century Cuba.” Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 23, No. 1 (March 2010): 101-143.