Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: George Craft

Title: Professor Emeritus of History and HRS

Office Location: Tahoe 3084

Email: gcraft@csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-6340

Mailing Address: 6000 J street

Office Hours: M-F 3-4

I have been a faculty member in the Departments of History and of Humanities/Religious Studies since my arrival at CSUS in 1970.  I was Chair of the Department of History from 1995 to 2001, and then again in 2003-04.  I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and I owe much to my parents, George and Eleanor Craft, who were always kind, loving and encouraging; they also had a good sense of humor.  I have five children ranging in age from 42 to 30 (Jennifer, James, Sarah, Elisabeth and Michael) who currently live in New York and various parts of California, and three stepchildren (Trevor, Lauren and Darren), all of whom live in California.  I enjoy parenting, travel, especially in Europe and Latin America, hiking in the Sierra and elsewhere, computing, studying languages, reading literature and history, exploring the art scene in Sacramento and the Bay Area, music, movies and other aspects of Sacramento and Bay Area culture.  I share all my interests with my wife Lilly (we were married on June 1, 2006).  I lived in Sacramento for 33 years, but moved to Benicia in 2003. Teaching continues to be satisfying because it forces me to think and work, and because many students are appreciative and seem to profit from my courses.  I think history and humanities should be fun and intriguing; I hope students leave my classes with a desire to explore further the past, particularly the arts and humanities. My research interests are currently focused on the history of CSUS, and on the history of the arts in Sacramento.

Preparing a lecture Preparing a Lecture.

He has the Venetian Lion by the Tail.  He has the Venetian Lion by the Tail.    


  • A.B., University of Notre Dame, 1964
  • B.A., Oxford University, 1966
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1971

Courses Taught

Papers and Publications

I have written several articles and reviews regarding French nationalism and politics in the late 19th Century.  I am the author of the history of CSUS, California State University, Sacramento: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987 (1987), and am currently working on a revised edition.

Research Projects/Interests

My current interests are the intersection between the humanities and history in the 19th and 20th centuries; and on updating the university history, bringing it up to the new millennium.