Distinguished Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1975
Areas of specialization: 20th century U.S. history, history of education, African-American history
V.P Franklin, Ph.D., holds a University of California President's Chair and is a Distinguished Professor of History and Education. He is also the Editor of The Journal of African American History. Dr. Franklin has published over fifty scholarly articles on African American history and education and is the author of The Education of Black Philadelphia: The Social and Educational History of a Minority Community, 1900-1950 (1979), Black Self-Determination: A Cultural History of African American Resistance (1984, 1992), Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths: Autobiography and the Making of the African American Intellectual Tradition (1996), and Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography (1998). In addition to the works above, he has co-edited numerous publications on African American history and education and has taught at public and private universities throughout the United States and in Europe. Professor Franklin teaches courses on the history of the Civil Rights-Black Power movements, U.S. education history, and twentieth century U.S. history. He is currently working on a study of transnational educational programs that went from the United States to Africa in the twentieth century.