Jean-Paul R. deGuzman

Academic Historian

Jean-Paul R. deGuzman holds a Ph.D. in History from UCLA and is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Center for New Racial Studies. Grounded in 20th century US history, he is a comparative race historian working at the intersections of racial formation, urban development, and oppositional politics. His current book project explores the nexus of community building and people of color activism in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. In addition to this work, deGuzman has published on topics such as Black and Japanese American Cold War-era activism, the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings, and the unanticipated personal consequences of archival research. Overall, his research interests also inform his teaching agenda and in 2013 he received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award.

Emory Hestus Holmes (1924-1995)

“Won’t Bow to Bigots,” Jet Article on Emory Holmes, Jan. 7, 1960 Dr. Emory Hestus Holmes, World War II veteran, social scientist, professor, and California civil rights leader, was born on November 17, 1924 in Birmingham, Alabama to David H. and Dora Catherine Holmes. He … Read MoreEmory Hestus Holmes (1924-1995)

The San Fernando Valley’s Multiethnic Past: Unexpected Communities of Color in “America’s Suburb”

Pacoima Junior High Class of 1957 Image Ownership: Public Domain In the article below historian Jean-Paul R. deGuzman briefly introduces the multiethnic history of Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, a popular region that one local chronicler calls nothing less than “America’s Suburb.”  The narrative that … Read MoreThe San Fernando Valley’s Multiethnic Past: Unexpected Communities of Color in “America’s Suburb”