Paul Sandul, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara & California State University, Sacramento
Public History, Cultural Memory, Cultural History, Oral History, Suburban and Urban History, and Rural Studies


Telephone: 936.468.6643
Office: 363 Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North


Dr. Sandul has taught or is teaching courses in American history, urban history, public history, and cultural memory, as well as (under) graduate seminars. He recently co-edited and contributed to a new anthology called Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) with John Archer and Katherine Solomonson, which won an honorable mention for the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (2016). His monograph, California Dreaming: Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State, was published by the West Virginia University Press in 2014. Past publications include a chapter contribution concerning suburban development and memory for River City and Valley Life: An Environmental History of the Sacramento Region (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) and articles concerning oral history, memory, race, and suburbia for the Sound Historian, Agricultural History, and East Texas Historical Journal. He is currently working on co-editing an anthology on Texas suburbs for the Oklahoma University Press and, in addition to his past work on directing oral history projects (such as the Charlie Wilson Oral History project about the famed congressperson), he is spearheading a new oral history project on the non-religious community in deep East Texas. Dr. Sandul has also written over a dozen books reviews for such journals as the American Historical Review, Business History Review, California History, Journal of Southern History, Pacific Historical Review, and The Public Historian. Dr. Sandul is also heavily involved in public history projects as well, which often provides opportunities for students, and serves on advisory committees and boards for both professional and local historical societies and journals. Lastly, Dr. Sandul is involved in local heritage organizations and civil rights activism, including serving as an Executive Committee member for the Nacogdoches NAACP.