Dr. Sides joined the CSUN History Department in 2005 as the second Whitsett Professor of California History, and was appointed as the Director for Center for Southern California Studies in 2007, where he served until 2014. At CSUN, he teaches classes on urban history, the West, African Americans, and California. He has published numerous articles and the books L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004) and Erotic City: Sexual Revolutions and the Making of Modern San Francisco (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), the latter of which won the Bullough Prize for Best Book of 2009 by the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. He is the editor of an anthology entitled Post-Ghetto: Reimagining South Los Angeles. For an expanded listing of his publications, visit joshsides.com
Additionally, in 2011, Dr. Sides was the Project Director for the NEH Landmarks Grant "The Spanish and Mexican Influences on California, 1769-1884," which brought 80 teachers from across the United States to CSUN and Southern California to help improve their curriculum by introducing them to this critical period in the nation's history. Summary information can be found here: www.csun.edu/neh
Sides is currently writing a book about a sensational murder in 1920s Los Angeles.
He is best reached by email: email@example.com and can also be reached at 818-677-5655