Paul Spickard

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Occupation Professor, Author
Nationality American
Education Harvard University, B.A.
UC Berkeley, Ph.D.
Subject History, Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies

Paul R. Spickard (born 1950) is an American historian and the author of several books on the subject of race and ethnicity, particularly multiracialism.[1][2] His work was formative in rearticulating and moving beyond a black-white paradigm of race and mixed-race relations in the U.S.[3]

Spickard earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.[4] He served as the Director of Research at the Institute for Polynesian Studies in Honolulu[2] as well as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BYU-Hawaii.[4] In 2013, Spickard was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.[5] In 2011, Spickard co-founded the Journal for Critical Mixed Race Studies.[6] He currently teaches as a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara,[1] where he is also an affiliate faculty in Asian American Studies and Religious Studies.[7]


  • Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC (2007), ISBN 0-415-93593-8
  • Japanese Americans: The Formation and Transformations of an Ethnic Group, Rutgers University Press (2008), Twayn Publishers (1996)
  • Is Lighter Better? Skin-Tone Discrimination among Asian Americans (2007)
  • Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World (2005)
  • Racial Thinking in the United States (2004)
  • Mixed Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity in Twentieth-Century America (1989)
  • A Global History of Christians: How Everyday Believers Experienced Their World, co-authored with Kevin M. Cragg, Baker Academic (2008), ISBN 978-0-8010-2249-4, previously published as God's Peoples: A Social History of Christians, Baker Books (1994)


In 2011, Spickard was awarded The Loving Prize at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival for his groundbreaking research on mixed racial and cultural experiences.[1][8] He has also been named a Fulbright Research Professor and Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellow.[9] In 2013, he received the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award from the American Studies Association[10] and has received over a dozen teaching awards at UCSB.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Paul Spickard". UCSB Department of History. The Regents of the University of California. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Jefferson's Blood". PBS Frontine: shows. WGBH educational foundation. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Guevarra, Rudy P. (October 2011). "Introduction to the Special Issue". Journal of Asian American Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press. 14 (3): 323–329. doi:10.1353/jaas.2011.0036. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Paul R. Spickard" (PDF). American Historical Association. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Paul R. Spickard". The OAH Distinguished Leadership Program. The Organization of American Historians. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Mixed Roots Festival to Present Loving Day Prize to Playwright Houston, Scholar Spickard June 11" (Press release). Los Angeles (U.S.A): Japanese American National Museam. June 10, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Loving Prize: 2011 Loving Prize Honorees". Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival - June 15–17, 2012 - Japanese American National Museam. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Faculty Honors and Awards". Profiles in Research, Online Magazine of the Office of Research, UC Santa Barbara. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved November 2, 2013.