Dr. Sides joined the CSUN History Department in 2005 as the second Whitsett Professor of California History, and was appointed as the Director for Center for Southern California Studies in 2007, where he served until 2014. He was the Editor of California History, the official state historical journal, from 2014-2019. https://online.ucpress.edu/ch

At CSUN, he teaches classes on the history of the United States, African Americans, California, and Los Angeles. He has published numerous articles and the books L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004) (Winner, Martin Ridge Prize, HSSC), Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009) (Winner, Bullough Prize for Best Book of 2009 by the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History). He is the editor of an anthology entitled Post-Ghetto: Reimagining South Los Angeles. In 2021, Bison Books published his newest book, Backcountry Ghosts: California Homesteaders and the Making of a Dubious Dream.

To learn more about Dr. Sides' books, visit: joshsides.com

  • Ph.D. 1999, University of California Los Angeles
  • M.A. 1996, University of California Los Angeles
  • B.A. 1994, University of California Davis

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