Dr. Philip J. Dreyfus

History Department, San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132

pdreyfus@sfsu.edu

 

Interests: Environmental History, American West, California, Labor History.

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. 1993, Graduate School of the City University of New York

·       Dissertation: Timber Workers, Unionism and Syndicalism in the Pacific Northwest, 1900-1917.

M.Phil. 1988, Graduate School of the City University of New York

M.A. 1982, Graduate School of the City University of New York

B.A. 1977, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, History and Political Science, City College of New York

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

·       Chair, History Department, August 2013 to present

·       Associate Professor, History Department, August 2008 to present

·       Assistant Professor, History Department, August 2002 to August 2008

·       Lecturer, History Department, January 1984 to August 2002

 

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, HAYWARD

·       Lecturer, History Department, March 1994 to December 1998

 

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

·       Lecturer, History Department and Division of Technology, January 1983 to May 1994

 

MISSION COLLEGE, Santa Clara, CA

·       Instructor, History Department, June 1984 to January 1988

 

NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Garden City, NY      

·       Instructor, Sociology Department, January 1982 to August 1982

 

BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Bronx, NY 10453        

·       Instructor, History Department, September 1981 to January 1982

 

QUEENS COLLEGE OF C.U.N.Y., Flushing, NY

·       Lecturer, History Department, January 1981 to June 1981

 

Courses taught:

 

Graduate Seminars     

·       Environmental History of the United States

·       American West

Senior seminars              

·       Americans and Nature

·       California Cities: San Francisco and Los Angeles

·       Labor in the American West

·       American Workers, 1880-1939

Upper Division           

·       American Environmental History

·       American West, 1845-1945

·       California History

·       History of the United States, 1877-1916

·       History of Labor in the United States

·       African-American History

·       The Sixties

·       U.S. Radical Movements, 1775-1975

Lower Division         

·       United States History Since 1877

·       Understanding Historical Process

·       Technology & Civilization

·       Modern World Since 1850      

 

BOOKS & SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

 

Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco, University of Oklahoma Press, 2008, released April 2009

 

California Labor, Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History, edited by Eric Arnesen, Routledge Press, November 2006

 

Industrial Unionism, Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working Class History, edited by Eric Arnesen, Routledge Press, November 2006

 

Nature, Militancy and the Western Worker: Socialist Shingles, Syndicalist Spruce, Labor: Studies in Working Class History in the Americas, 1:3, September 2004

 

The I.W.W. and the Limits of Inter-Ethnic Organizing: Reds, Whites and Greeks in Grays Harbor, Washington, 1912, Labor History, 38:4, Fall 1997

 

Skilled Labor and the Rise of the Modern Corporation: The Case of the Electrical Industry, Labor History, 27:1, Winter 1985-86

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

Pineros: Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest, by Brinda Sarathy, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Spring 2013

 

Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness, by Simon Cordery, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, January 2012

 

Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island: The Rise and Fall of a California Dynasty, by Frederic Caire Chiles, H-Environment, November 2011

 

Gold Rush Port: The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco’s Waterfront, by James P. Delgado, Pacific Historical Quarterly, May 2010

 

Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles, edited by William Deverell and Greg Hise, H-Environment, December 2005

 

Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America, by Virginia Anderson, H-Environment, May 2005

 

Greater Portland: Urban Life and Landscape in the Pacific Northwest, by Carl Abbott, Western Historical Quarterly, 34:1, Spring 2003

 

Critical Masses: Opposition to Nuclear Power in California, 1958-1978, by Thomas Wellock, H-California, August 1999

 

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS & PUBLIC LECTURES

 

The Future of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir - Proposition F, First Friday Forum panel discussion, University Club of San Francisco, September 2012

 

Environment and the Making of San Francisco, San Francisco Public Library Summer Read 2012 program:

·       West Portal Branch, June 2012

·       Golden Gate Valley Branch, June 2012

·       Merced Branch Library Arts & Culture Salon, August 2012

 

Water: California’s Most Contested Resource, US Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, Oakland Unified School District, June 2010.

 

Enemy of Choice: the Anti-Chinese Movement in the Nineteenth-Century West, US Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, South Central Board of Cooperative Education Services and Colorado State University, Pueblo, June 2010.

 

Privileged Longings: the Class Basis of the Early Conservation Movement, US Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, South Central Board of Cooperative Education Services and Colorado State University, Pueblo, June 2010. 

 

Book talks: Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco:

·       Friends of the Leonard Library Lifetime Members' Luncheon, April 2012

·       Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, April 2010

·       San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, February 2010

·       Contra Costa Jewish Book and Arts Festival, November 2009

·       San Francisco Department of the Environment, November 2009

·       KPFA radio 94.1 FM, Cover to Cover with Denny Smithson, June 2009

·       Mrs. Dalloway's Books, Berkeley, June 2009

·       Pegasus Books, Berkeley, June 2009

·       Green Arcade Books, San Francisco, June 2009

·       San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center, May 2009

·       San Francisco Rotary Club, May 2009

 

Popular Environmental Impulses and the Politics of Well-Being, Understanding US Political Culture: The US Elections of 2008 and their Historical Context, 2008 Fulbright Commission Summer Institute for German University Teachers, September 2008

 

The Big Quake, Clean Water and Dirty Politics, 1906 and Beyond: Mayor Taylor’s Administration,  San Francisco History Center of the San Francisco Public Library, in association with the California Book Club, November 2007

 

The Wilderness and the Garden: Conflicting Views of Nature and the Emergence of Modern American Environmental Values, American Values – Contested Values, 2007 Fulbright American Studies Summer Institute for German University Teachers, September 2007

 

Ethnicity & Class Consciousness in America: Immigrant and Native-born Workers, 1880s-1920s, SFUSD Office of Teaching and Learning, History of Immigration in the United States, US Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, July 2007 & March 2008

 

Society, Politics, and Economy in Ante-Bellum California, SFUSD Office of Teaching and Learning, The Civil War in California, US Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, February 2007

 

Class, Politics, and Unionism: The Worker as Citizen, Citizenship & Identity in U.S. History Lecture Series, Teaching American History Grant, San Francisco Unified School District, April & August 2006, May 2007

 

California’s Role in WWII Japanese-American Internment: Security, Civil Liberties, and Race, Marin School of Arts & Technology, May 2006

 

An Ecological Conquest: Colonial San Francisco and the Demise of the Native Order, University High School, San Francisco, November 2004

 

Natural Limits: Environment and the Birth of San Francisco, Ziegler Lecture Series, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, August 2004

 

A Peculiar Phobia: California Anti-Asian Sentiment from the Gold Rush to the Second World War, Ziegler Lecture Series, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, October 2003

 

The Environment: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. SFSU History Department 4th Annual Student Forum. Moderator, Culture, Ethnicity and Race panel, May 2003

 

California in the Great Depression, Ziegler Lecture Series, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, April 2003

 

Nature, Radicalism and the Pacific Northwest, SFSU History Students’ Association, Faculty Lecture Series, March 2002

 

Water Wars! The California Conservation Movement 1900-1920, Ziegler Lecture Series, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, October 2000

 

Female Reformer: Katherine Philips Edson and the California Progressive Movement, 1900-1930, Lecture Series, San Francisco Towers, July 2000

 

Understanding One Another, an African-American - Jewish Spiritual Dialogue, Panel Discussion, Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, March 2000

 

Reluctant Radicals: American Workers and Socialism in the Early Twentieth Century, Lecture Series, San Francisco Towers, October 1999

 

French Jewry, the Dreyfus Family and the Dreyfus Affair, Lecture Series, Bnai Brith of Walnut Creek, July 1999

 

Nature’s Warriors: John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt and the Battle for Hetch Hetchy,” Lecture Series, San Francisco Towers, June 1999

 

Ecology and Colonialism in British North America, Lecture Series, San Francisco Towers, March 1999

 

From Servitude to Slavery: The Invention of Race in Colonial America, Lecture Series, San Francisco Towers, July 1998

 

Exploding the Myths of the Wild West: History V. Hollywood, Tuesday Lecture Series, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, October 1996

 

The I.W.W. and the Limits of Inter-Ethnic Organizing, American Historical Association, San Francisco, CA, August 1996

 

The Great General Electric Strike of 1916, Berkshire Historical Society, Pittsfield, MA, June 1984

 

American Communists and the Nazi-Soviet Pact: Effects on the Labor Movement, Five Points Society for American Studies, New York, NY, June 1982

 

PROFESSIONAL & PUBLIC SERVICE

 

Advisory Board Member, H-California, 2012 to present

 

Board Member, Fund for Labor Culture and History, 2011 to present

 

Journal referee, Pacific Historical Review, 2010 to present

 

Journal referee, Western Historical Quarterly, 2004 to present

 

Historical consultant, documentary film: City of White Gold: San Francisco in the Gilded Age, 2011

 

Historical consultant and commentator, PBS documentary television series: Saving the Bay: The Story of San Francisco Bay, 2009

 

Historical consultant and planning group member, interactive website: California Labor History Map, California State Library, 2002-03      

 

Reviewer of on-line course materials, Xanedu.com, 2000-02 

 

Editorial advisor, A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies, Collegiate Press,1998-99

 

Historical consultant, documentary film: Song of the Sea, Just So Productions, 1997-98

 

Researcher, American Social History Project, Who Built America? by Bruce Levine et al, (Random House, NY, 1990), 1981-83

 

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

 

Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta, History Honors Society, 2011 to present

 

Director, California Studies Minor, 2011 to present

 

College of Arts and Humanities Sabbatical Leave-with-Pay Committee, 2011-12

 

Chair, History Department Hiring Committee in US Colonial/Atlantic World, 2011-12

 

Chair, History Department Long-Term Planning Committee; RTP Committee, Graduate Assistant Coordinator, 2011-13

 

Chair, History Department Long-Term Planning Committee; Hiring Committee, RTP Committee, Graduate Assistant Coordinator, 2009-11

 

Board member, Friends of the Leonard Library, 2009-12

 

Fulbright Campus Evaluation Committee, 2009

 

Interim Chair, BSS Hiring Committee for Director of Labor Studies, 2007-08

 

Chair, History Department Hiring Committee in US Intellectual History & US Political History, Graduate Assistant Coordinator, 2007-08

 

University Graduation Requirements Task Force, BSS College Representative, 2006-08

 

SFSU Office of International Programs, Study Abroad Interview Committee, 2007

 

SFSU Labor Archives Student Essay Contest, Judge, 2006-07

 

Phi Beta Kappa Members-in-Course Committee, 2003 to present

 

History Department Hiring Committee in US Foreign Relations, Curriculum Committee, Graduate Assistant Coordinator, 2006-07

 

Chair, History Department Curriculum Committee; Graduate Assistant Coordinator, 2005-06

 

Chair, History Department Curriculum Committee; Social Committee, Graduate Assistant Coordinator, 2004-05

 

Chair, History Department Curriculum Committee; Graduate Assistant Coordinator, 2003-04

 

Chair, History Department Curriculum Committee; Social Committee, Hiring Committee in US Ethnic and Race Relations, 2002-03

 

Website development of  Resources for Students of California/Western US/Environmental History, 2001-02

 

SFSU Faculty Merit Increase Appeals Panel, 2000-01

 

CFA Lecturer Representative, History Department, SFSU, 2000-02

 

JUDGE, California Faculty Association/SFSU Labor Archives Student Essay Contest, 1996-99

 

HONORS & AWARDS

 

Sabbatical Leave with pay, Spring 2009

 

Excellent General Education Teacher, SFSU Advising Center, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004

 

SFSU Faculty Merit Award 2000-2001

 

SFSU Faculty Merit Award 1999-2000

 

SFSU Faculty Performance Award 1997-98

 

Nominee – Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association Excellence in Teaching Award 1996

 

University Fellow, CUNY 1980-81

 

University Fellow, CUNY 1979-80

 

Helbein Scholar, New York University, 1978-79 (declined)

 

Phi Beta Kappa, 1977