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Ralph Crowder Ralph L. Crowder
Professor Emeritus


Ralph L. Crowder is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in American history with an emphasis in African American History from the University of Kansas in 1994. 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. 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, intellectual, and cultural history.

Professor Crowder has authored several articles on the contributions and struggle of self-trained Black historians and intellectuals, shared intellectual and political connections of Pan-African advocates, the life of John Edward Bruce (1856-1924), Black intellectual activity outside of the academic world, and African Americans and politics of self-determination. He is also author of The Popularization of African American History: John Edward Bruce as Historian, Bibliophile, and Black History Advocate (2002), and Street Scholars and Stepladder Radicals: John Edward Bruce & the Legacy and Struggle of Self-trained Black Historians (2002). Professor Crowder also has a keen interest in local African American history. He has coordinated the collection of 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. In addition, he has published Black history articles in the local press and facilitated the first Black History Academic Bowl for Inland Empire high school youth with the cooperation of the Riverside African American Historical Society.

Professor Crowder has 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.


  • Afro-Americans in New York Life and History


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