Graduate Student Directory

David Thomas Duncan
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
    • Teaching Assistant
    • Slugcast Lead
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities & Social Sciences Building, Room 150
  • Mail Stop History Department

Research Interests

  • Oral History
  • 20th Century Political Movements
  • Bay Area School Desegregation and Civil Rights

Biography, Education and Training

  • Education
  • MA, US History, University of California Santa Cruz 2020
  • B.A., U.S. History, California State University East Bay, 2017
  • Licensed Emergency Medical Technician in California from 2010-2018 


Teaching Assistant Experience

  • Modern Germany
  • Conspiracy Planet (History regarding Conspiracy Theories)
  • The Holocaust
  • US Civil Rights History
  • US History Survey Courses

Graduate Student Instructor Experience

  • Created course: History 39G History in Action: Oral History Practice


Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Richard B and Evelyn Whitman Rice Award for Outstanding Work in Historical Research, May 31, 2017
  • Appointed to California State University East Bay Editorial Board for The East Bay Historia Academic Journal, 2017
  • Summer History Department Fellowship 2018, 2019, 2022
  • UC Regents Fellowship 2020-2021
  • The Humanities Institute Public Fellowship 2021-2022
  • MLA Incubator Fellowship 2021-2022

Selected Publications

  • Investigative article, "Sounding the Siren: Everyday Heroes Suffering Under a Corporate Health Provider," published through The Global Critical Media Literacy Project, 2016
  • Undergraduate Thesis, "Hunger and War," published in The East Bay Historia, academic journal, 2017
  • Contributor and Interviewer for The Empty Year: An Oral History of Pandemic(s) of 2020 at UC Santa Cruz

Selected Presentations

James A Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference Presenter 2020

Panel Presentation: "The Salt and Pepper Talks"


Expert Advisor to the Sausalito Marin City School District Desegregation Advisory Group 2020- Present


Oral History Association Annual Conference 2020

Poster Presentation: "The Salt and Pepper Talks"


Oral History Association Annual Conference 2021

Panel Presentation: The Empty Year: An Oral History of the Pandemic(s) of 2020 at UC Santa Cruz


All In Conference: Co-Creating Knowledge for Justice 2022

Panel Presentation: "Something Just Happened: School Desegregation in Sausalito, CA in 1965 and 2021"


Digital Research Symposium May 2022

Presented on behalf of Slugcast, showcasing our podcast methodology.


Modern Language Association Annual Convention January 2023

Awarded entry into the inaugural "Public Humanities Incubator Cohort" and presented on the public-facing components of my dissertation.


10th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling and Creative Practice March 2023

Presented on my dissertation research on school desegregation in the San Francisco Bay Area.


UC Santa Cruz Graduate Student Symposium Poster Presentation May 2023

Created a poster that gave an overview of school desegregation in the San Francisco Bay Area and presented to the public and judges


Oral History Association Annual Conference October 2023

Presented a draft of the podcast component of my dissertation showcasing oral history interviews and archival audio.


Selected Recordings

Student Lead for UCSC's Official Podcast Slugcast


Featured on San Francisco Chronicle podcast Fifth and Mission


Advised on NPR Podcasts: United States of Anxiety: Desegregation by Any Means Necessary (2020) and United States of Anxiety: Two Schools in Marin County (2021)

Teaching Interests

  • Oral History
  • Early U.S. 20th Century 
  • Economic History
  • Civil Rights Racial Conflicts