Kiva Silver

TitleLecturer
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentWriting Program,
Stevenson College
Phone831-459-3638 (office)
Email,
Office209 Stevenson College
Office HoursSpring 2017: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 and by appointment
Campus Mail StopStevenson Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Kiva Silver

Research Interests

Kiva is currently working on a book exploring the history of immigration and integration in the building trades. His research shows that the building trades constitute a powerful occupational structure that consistently influences patterns of immigration cycles, the formation of immigrant communities, and socioeconomic integration over time and in different regions.

Biography, Education and Training

Kiva Silver began his education at UCSD where he earned a BA in history in 1999. After graduating, he and his partner, Melisa, went to England to pursue graduate studies at Cambridge University. After earning a MA and a PhD in history from Cambridge University in 2004, he taught history at Franklin College Switzerland before happily coming to UCSC where he teaches a variety of European history courses, the Stevenson Core course, and Writing 2.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Institute of European Studies Grant
Council of European Studies Grant

Selected Publications


  • "Building Communities: Immigration, Occupation and the Boundaries of Limousin Solidarity in Nineteenth-Century Paris," French Historical Studies, vol. 35, no. 1 (Winter, 2012): 61-92.

  • "The Peasants of Paris: Limousin Migrant Masons in the Nineteenth-Century," French History, 2014

Teaching Interests

Nations and Nationalism
Early Modern and Modern European History
French History
Rhetoric and Composition (Writing 2)

Courses Taught

Stevenson Core (fall & winter)
Writing 2: The Art of Living (winter & spring)