Faculty profile

Paula Austin
Assistant Professor
PhD, City University of New York (2015)
Specialization: U.S., African-American
Office: Tahoe 3097
Phone: 916-278-6008
Fax: 916-278-7476


Paula C. Austin specializes in African American history: urban, gender, intellectual and social history.



History 177: The African American Experience: 1619 to the Present

History 173: History of the Civil Rights Movement

History 17A/17B: US History

Graduate Courses: Reading Seminar in Modern U.S. History; Interpreting U.S. History



“‘Conscious Self-Realization and Self-Direction’: New Negro Ideologies and the Confines of Visual Representation,” forthcoming in Journal of African American History.

Book Manuscript: I Know My Own Mind: Everyday New Negroes in the U.S. Capital, 1919 - 1942 under contract with New York University Press.

Book Reviews

Review of John E. Batchelor’s Race and Education in North Carolina: From Segregation to Desegregation, Journal of Southern History Vol LXXXIII, No. 2, (May 2017), 477 – 479.

Review of Shannon King’s Whose Harlem Is It Anyway?: Community Politics and Grassroots Activism during the New Negro Era, New York History 97:3-4, (Summer/Fall 2016), 473 – 477.

Book Chapters and Contributing Texts

"Femme-inism: Lessons of My Mother", Colonize This! young women of color on today's feminism, eds., Daisy Hernandez, Bushra Rehman. NY: Seal Press, 2002.


2016 – 2017    Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award

Spring 2016     Recipient, Outstanding Wisdom and Leadership Faculty Award (OWL)