Ralph L. Crowder

Areas of Specialization:

Professor Crowder's areas of teaching specialization include late nineteenth and twentieth century African American history; pan-African history; African America and the international community; Native American slavery; and the Black Indian experience and intellectual and cultural history.

Select Accomplishments:

Among his many publications, his dissertation, "John Edward Bruce & The Value of Knowing the Past: Politician, Journalist, and Self-Trained Historian of the African Diaspora, 1856-1924," was directed by William M. Tuttle, Jr. He has spent time collecting oral interviews and family photographs through the Inland Empire Black History Project, the Kansas State Historical Society, the Kansas Humanities Commission, and the Brown Foundation.

He facilitated the first Black History Academic Bowl for Inland Empire high school youth with the cooperation of the Riverside African American Historical Society. He has also led and coordinated student delegations, research tours, and field trips to Cuba, Brazil, and the American South. His civil rights field trips to Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama have been especially popular with students enrolled in his course in American Civil Rights History, 1950-1970.

For the past three years, he has been member of the North American Delegation, Conference of North American and Cuban Philosophers and Social Scientists, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba.