Associate Professor, History
University of Florida
Paul Ortiz was Associate Professor of Community Studies at UCSC from 2001-2008. He is currently Associate Professor of History and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.
His work focuses on comparative histories of Latinos and African Americans and the history of agricultural labor in the U.S. He is the author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 (University California Press, 2005), and also co-author of Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South (New Press, 2001). His essay, "From Slavery to Cesar Chavez and Beyond: Farmworker Organizing in the United States," appears in an anthology titled The Human Cost of Food: Farmworkers' Lives, Labor, and Advocacy (University of Texas Press, 2002).
Professor Ortiz has worked in a number of farm worker union campaigns, including the Chateau Ste. Michelle boycott, which, in 1995, resulted in the first sustained farm labor union contract in the history of Washington state.
His book: Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920