Paul Ortiz is Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida and Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2000 and his B.A. from The Evergreen State College in 1990. He joined the University of Florida Department of History in 2008 after teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
His book Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 received the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Book Prize from the Florida Historical Society and the Florida Institute of Technology. He also co-edited and conducted oral history interviews for the award-winning, Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Jim Crow South. Ortiz has published and taught in the fields of African American history, Latino Studies, the African Diaspora, Social Movement Theory, U.S. History, U.S. South, labor, and documentary studies. He currently works with students in these and related fields.
He is currently finishing a book titled “Our Separate Struggles Are Really One”: African American and Latino Histories which will be part of Beacon Press’s new “ReVisioning American History series. He is also working on a manuscript titled C.L.R. James, Caribbean Radicalism, and the Rise of the Modern Anti-Colonial Movement; a synthesis of the segregated South with William H. Chafe titled Behind the Veil: African Americans in the Age of Segregation, 1895-1965; and an essay on William Watson Davis’s landmark text, The Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida, for an anthology titled Looking Back without Anger: New Appraisals of “the Dunning School” and its Contributions to the Study of American History, edited by John David Smith.