Herbert G. Ruffin II
Associate Professor, History and Chair African American Studies
Research and Teaching Interests
African American History; Africana Studies; California History; Digital History; Public History; Race and Ethnic Studies; Texas History; Urban History; U.S. Social History; U.S. West History
Uninvited Neighbors: African Americans in the Silicon Valley, 1769-1990 (Oklahoma University Press)
Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:
“I Try To Do the Best Job I Can: Herbert Ruffin I and Life in Central Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area, 1946-2002” (Oral History), in Lone Star Legacy: African American History in Texas (Bi-Annual Journal) (Vol. 2, Num. 2, Fall 2013), 7-34.
“The Search for Significance in Interstitial Space: San Jose and its Great Black Migration, 1941-1968,” in Black California Dreamin': The Crises of California’s African-American Communities (Santa Barbara: UC Santa Barbara Center for Black Studies Research, December 2012), 19-56.
“Sunnyhills: Race and Working Class Politics in Postwar Silicon Valley, 1945-1968,” Journal of the West [“Best of the Decade” issue] (Fall 2009), 113-123.
Accepted for Publication:
"The Forging of an African American Community on the Outskirts of Alamo City: African American Suburbanization in San Antonio, 1980-2000”, in M. Scott Sosebee, and Paul Sandul (et.al) Lone Star Suburbs: The Suburban Process in a Super-State (College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press, forthcoming Fall 2014).
“From Orchards to Silicon Valley: African American Suburbanization in the U.S. West, the Black San Jose Model, 1945-2000,” in Yuya Kiuchi’s edited volume, Race Still Matters (forthcoming SUNY Press, 2014).
Article Manuscript, ““Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”: San Jose and the Origins of the Black Athletic Revolt, 1956-1968” (Submitted to The Western Journal of Black Studies)
Other Publications: Report and Book Chapters:
“Memory and the Nation State: Day One Orientation and Welcome Report,” in People to People Ambassador Programs. Journal of Professional Proceedings (Historical Studies Delegation to South Africa: Delegate Leader Elaine May, former OAH President, October 25-November 4, 2010)
“A. Phillip Randolph” in Matthew Whitaker, Icons of Black America (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011)
“Arthur Ashe” in Matthew Whitaker, Icons of Black America (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011)
“Nat Turner” in Matthew Whitaker, Icons of Black America (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011)
“Negro League Baseball,” in Carl Rollyson (ed.), The Twenties in America (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012).
“The Black Nadir” in Leslie Alexander, and William Rucker (eds.), Encyclopedia of African American History (ABC-CLIO, 2010)
Entries for Blackpast.org, “African American History: Vignettes of Significant People and Places in African American History” (2005-2013): “Antoine, Caesar Carpenter”; “Ashe, Arthur (1943-1993)”; “Bertonneau, E. Arnold (1834-1912)”; “Bethune, Mary Jane McLeod (1875-1955)”; “Carlos, John (1945-present)”; “Davis Bend, Mississippi (1865-1887)”; “Davis, Ernie (1940-1963)”; “Dawson, William Levi - composer (1898-1990)”; “Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906)”; “Dunn, Oscar J. (ca. 1825-1871)”; “East Palo Alto, California (1925-present),” *Spotlighted entry via Invitation; “Edwards, Harry (1942-present)”; “Fortune, T. Thomas (1856-1928)”; “Granger, Lester Blackwell (1896-1976)”; “Gross, Ben (1921-present)”; “Jackson, Jesse Louis. Jr. (1965-present),” *Spotlighted entry via Invitation—showcased by the author during television interview about Blackpast.org in Chicago; “Metcalfe, Ralph Harold (1910-1978)”; “Montgomery, Isaiah (1847-1924)”; “Mound Bayou (1887-present)”; “Nell, William C. (1816-1874)”; “Overton, Sarah Massey (1850-1914)”; “Owens, Jesse (1913-1980),” *Spotlighted entry via Invitation; “Sistema de Castas (1500s-1829)”; “Smith, Tommie (1944-present)”; “The California Fair Housing Act/The Rumford Act (1963-1968)”; “The Conventions of Colored Citizens of the State of California (1855-1865)”; “Washington, Kenny (1918-1971)”; “Weaver, Robert Clifton (1907-1997)”; and “Williams, Daniel Hale (1856-1931).”
“The Great Migration from Alabama,” in The State of Alabama, Encyclopedia of Alabama (Auburn University Press, 2008, 2013)
“Willie Mays,” in The State of Alabama, Encyclopedia of Alabama (Auburn University Press, 2007)
(Forthcoming 2014) Andre Johnson (eds.), Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), for Journal of Race and Policy.
Charles M. Robinson III, The Fall of a Black Army Officer: Racism and the Myth of Henry O. Flipper (Norman, OK: Oklahoma University Press, 2008) for the New Mexico Historical Review (Summer 2012), 373-374.
Rev. France A. Davis, and Nayra Atiya, France Davis (Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2007) for the Journal of the American West (Fall 2007), 88-88.
Johnnella E. Butler, Color-Lines to Borderlands: The Matrix of American Ethnic Studies (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001) for the Journal of the West (Fall 2004)
Jack M. Balkin, et. al., What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said (New York: New York University Press, 2001) for the Journal of the West (Spring 2003)
Selected Webpages and Multimedia:
African American Studies Webpage, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Fall 2010-present. Projects: Developer, Webmaster, and Researcher.
African Initiative Webpage, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Fall 2008-Present. Projects: Developer, Webmaster, and Researcher.
Herb Ruffin II and The Program in African American (National Museum of American History), A Quest for Freedom: The Black Experience in the American West (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution, 2001-2002, retired), Projects: Webpage and brochures
Africans on the North American Frontier, 1528-1864, (Claremont, CA: RUFF Multimedia, 1999-2001, retired).
Contributor: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Creativity and Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas (Washington DC: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, 1999).
Selected Professional Service (Since 2008):
Committee of Committees Member, Organization of American Historians, Spring 2014-Spring 2016.
Advisory Board Member, Blackpast.Org, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, Fall 2008-Present (URL: http://www.blackpast.org/?q=advisory-board/advisory-board-member).
U.S. Historian Delegate, People to People Citizen Ambassador Program, South Africa, October 25-November 4, 2010.
Within Syracuse University
Faculty Council Member, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, New York, 2013-2015
Organizer, Department of African American Studies Majors and Minors Field Trips. 2014: The Underground Railroad in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines (Ontario, Canada); 2013: William Seward House and Harriet Tubman Home, Auburn, New York; 2012: Rochester's Underground Railroad Riverwalk Tour and Chautauqua; 2011: Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) and Harriet Tubman Home, Syracuse and Auburn, New York; 2010: Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) and Harriet Tubman Home, Syracuse and Auburn, New York.
Committee Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Fall 2008-Present.
Committee Member, African Initiative, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Fall 2008-Present.
Committee Member, Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, New York, 2012-2013.
Co-Organizer (with Prof. Kendall Phillips), “The Activist Story: The Legacy of George Wiley,” Storytelling Conference and Activist workshop commemorating George Wiley, Syracuse University, New York, March 24-25, 2010.