Daisy Martin, Ph.D., Founding Director
Daisy Martin directs The History & Civics Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz [UCSC] and teaches in the UCSC Master of Arts/Credential Program. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and works with NEH projects focused on teaching the Reconstruction Era and connected to the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in South Carolina. Dr. Martin previously was a Senior Researcher at Stanford University where she directed the History/Social Studies work and online education courses at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity. She also served as the Director of History Education at the National Clearinghouse for History Education (teachinghistory.org), and cofounded the Stanford History Education Group. She coauthored the award-winning book, Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School Classrooms and website “Historical Thinking Matters,” and recently served as a Core Author for Public History Weekly – The International BlogJournal.
Martin has worked with K-12 teachers nationwide and developed and led professional development workshops funded by, among others, the National Parks Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She has an abiding interest in the teaching and learning of historical thinking, inquiry, and informed civic engagement and this has informed all of her work, including her years as a high school teacher in California public schools. Martin holds a Ph.D. in History Education from Stanford University, a M.A. in Education from U.C. Berkeley, a California History-Social Science Teaching Credential, and earned her B. A. in history and philosophy at the University of Michigan.
George C. Bunch, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
George C. Bunch is Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An experienced K-12 ELD and social studies teacher and teacher educator, he received a BA in American Studies and English from Georgetown University, MA in bilingual education and TESOL from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and PhD in educational linguistics from Stanford University. As a member of the English Language Learner Advisory Committee for iCivics, he was recently invited to the U.S. Supreme Court for a convening on making the non-profit, on-line civics education materials more accessible for this population. Active in efforts to prepare teachers to work with English learners, he has served on the English Learner Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Professor Bunch’s research focuses on disciplinary language and literacy challenges and opportunities for language minority students in K-12 and higher education and on policies and practices designed to serve such students. He is a founding partner of the Understanding Language Initiative, formed to heighten awareness of the role of language for English learners in the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. He is a former National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, recipient of the 2017 Midcareer Award from the Second Language Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and a 2017-20 Spencer Midcareer Grantee. His work has been widely published, most recently with Aída Walqui in the book Amplifying the Curriculum: Designing Quality Learning Opportunities for English Learners (2019, Teachers College Press).
Matt O’Hara, Ph.D., History Department Faculty Advisor
Matt O’Hara received a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, San Diego and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Professor and Chair of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also serves as Faculty Director for campus undergraduate honors and research opportunities.
O’Hara is an historian of Latin America with a focus on early Mexico. His teaching ranges broadly across the region, including undergraduate surveys of modern and colonial Latin America, as well as upper-division courses on Mexico, the Cold War, and research methods. He is currently a member of a research collective at UCSC that seeks to improve undergraduate education in the humanities.
Professor O’Hara’s current areas of research interest are colonial political culture, religion, social difference, and the history of time. His publications include A Flock Divided: Race, Religion and Politics in Mexico (Duke University Press, 2010); Imperial Subjects: Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America (Duke University Press, 2009) (co-edited with Andrew Fisher); and The History of the Future in Colonial Mexico (forthcoming, Yale University Press, 2018). His research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Spain’s Ministry of Culture, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society.
Emily Howe, Program Manager
Emily Howe is a University of Santa Cruz, California graduate (Cum Laude) where she studied Sociology with an Intensive Concentration in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies. As an undergraduate, Emily was involved with multiple research projects combining education with sociology. As part of UCSC’s The Everett Program, Emily worked with a team to bring girls from under-resourced areas in surrounding counties to spend a week on campus learning about college access and diversity in technology. She also worked on a community engagement study that was a partnership between the university and Santa Cruz City Schools that focused on middle school break time. Prior to her studies at the university, Emily worked in early childhood education. Emily is passionate about tackling educational inequalities. Emily is thrilled to be working where she once studied and continues to combine her love of education with social justice through her work at The History & Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz. In her free time Emily enjoys spending time with her family and exploring outdoors.
Charley Brooks, M.A., Program Associate
Charley Brooks is a doctoral student in the Education department at UC Santa Cruz where she studies history and social studies education and teacher preparation. Her work is grounded in whiteness studies and critical language awareness to explore questions related to what types of history is taught and to whom. Charley was a middle and high school teacher in San Francisco where she taught world history and English. She is currently a Teacher Education fellow with the California Teacher Education Research and Improvement Network (CTERIN) and a graduate student researcher for The History & Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz. She received her B.A. in Africana Studies and Politics from Oberlin College and a M.A.T. in Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco. In her free time, Charley enjoys traveling, spending time in nature, and hanging out with friends and family—especially her dog, TyTy.
Erik Bernardino, M.A., Program Associate
Erik Bernardino is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UC Santa Cruz where he studies the U.S-Mexico borderlands, labor, Chicana/o, and immigration histories. His work focuses on the intersection of immigration policy and labor migrations in the Californias at the turn of the twentieth century. He received his B.A in History from UCLA , an M.A in history from UC Santa Cruz, and was previously a UCSC Graduate Pedagogy Fellow. He is currently a Graduate Student Researcher for the History & Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz. In his free time Erik enjoys spending time with his family and watching baseball.
Alexis Roman, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Alexis Roman is currently a third-year undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz where she is pursuing her BA in legal studies with a minor in Education. She attended High Tech High International- a public charter school- where she found her passion for social justice and interned for the California Innocence Project at the Western School of Law. Alexis is currently a research assistant in the Education Department working alongside Professor George Bunch and doctoral students who focus on language and literacy challenges and opportunities for students learning English as an additional language in U.S. K-12 schools. She also works as an Undergraduate student researcher for The History & Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz. In her free time, Alexis enjoys hiking, trying out new coffee shops, and cooking with her friends.