Paul VonBlum

Sr. Lecturer Emeritus

Contact Information

Office  160 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-7403

Throughout my career, my chief professional focus has been on my teaching and I have received several teaching awards.  Among them have been the Distinguished Teaching Award at UC Berkeley (1974), UCLA (1986), and the Eugen Weber UCLA Honors Collegium Teaching Award (2008).  I continue to divide my instructional efforts in Communication Studies, African American Studies, and Honors.

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J.D., University of California, Berkeley

A.B., Political Science, San Diego State University


A Visual Critique of Racism: African American Art from Southern California,‰ Tikkun, Spring, 2013

African American Visual Representation: From Repression to Resistance,‰ The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 5, No. 8, December, 2012

Toni Scott‚s „Bloodlines‰: Remembering Yesterday, Understanding Today, and Empowering Tomorrow,‰ The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 5, No.3, June 2012

The New Media and the Old McCarthyism: Personal Reflections about Contemporary Assaults on Academic Freedom,‰ Radical Pedagogy, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2012

Racism and the Law, Cognella, 2012

A Life at the Margins: Keeping the Political Vision, The New World African Press, 2011

Resistance, Dignity, and Pride: African American Artists in Los Angeles, Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA, 2004

Other Visions, Other Voices: Women Political Artists in Greater Los Angeles, University Press of America, 1995

Foundations of Freedom, Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1991 (with John Rhodehamel and Stephen Rohde; textbook on U.S. history with a focus on the development and meaning of the Bill of Rights)

Stillborn Education: A Critique of the American Research University, University Press of America, 1986  (Chapter 6, "Student Complicity in Educational Mediocrity," reprinted in Beyond the Conventions: Studies in Prose Writing, Jeanne Gunner, Harper and Row, 1989)

The Critical Vision: A History of Social and Political Art in the United States, South End Press, 1982 (Chapter 1, "Introduction," reprinted as "The Critical Vision" in Peace Review, 5-2 (1993)

Audrey Preissler: An American Humanist Artist of Today, Helikon, 1981

The Art of Social Conscience, Universe Books, 1976

 My new book, Paul Robeson for Beginners, will be out November 2013.