Graduate Student Directory

Kiran Amber Garcha
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, Room 232
  • Office Hours Fall 2016, By Appointment
  • Mail Stop History Department

Research Interests

My research interests include African American history, 1960s radical movements, U.S. labor and gender history, and the history of children in social movements.

My dissertation, "Bringing the Vanguard Home: The Role of Children, Home, and Family in the Black Panther Party," explores how children were imagined and mobilized in Black Panthers' visions for socio-economic change. 

Biography, Education and Training

M.A. in History, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2014

M.A. in Afro-American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

B.A. in American Ethnic Studies, University of Washingon, 2007

Honors, Awards and Grants

Graduate Research Travel Grant, UC California Studies Consortium, 2016-2017; 2015-2016

Dissertation Fellowship, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz, Summer 2016

Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Grant, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz,  2015; 2014

Graduate Student Association Travel Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013

Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Grant, Institute for the Humanities Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013

Regents Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012-2013

Mary Murphy Scholarship, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Century City Alumnae, 2011-2012

Roxanne Chisholm and Jeannette Chisholm Moore Endowed Scholarship, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011-2012

Gold Shield Alumnae Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011-2012

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010-2011

Selected Publications

"Bringing the Vanguard Home: Revisiting the Black Panther Party's Sites of Class Struggle," Viewpoint Magazine, Issue 6 (Nov. 2015), https://viewpointmag.com.

Selected Presentations

"(En)Gendering 'Community': An Analysis of Collective Identity Formation and Labor at the Black Panther Party's Oakland Community School, 1971-1982," Western Association of Women Historians Annual Conference, Sacramento, Ca, May 2015.

"Beyond Transgressive Pedagogy: A Gendered Analysis of the Black Panther Party's Oakland Community School," Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, September 2014.

Teaching Interests

Courses Taught:

HIS 280A: Pedagogy Proseminar, Fall 2016