Faculty & Staff

Workshop Directors

Mark Brilliant photoMark Brilliant, associate professor, history and American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941–1978 (2010), which won the American Society for Legal History’s Cromwell Book Prize and received an honorable mention in the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award competition.  He is currently researching two new books, the first on public school financing inequality and political and legal challenges to it and the second on Proposition 13, which reconfigured school funding in California.  Dr. Brilliant, in addition to being an award winning professor of modern American history with a focus on civil rights issues, was a former high school teacher in Brooklyn, New York and is an active member of the Organization of American Historians K-12 initiative. Visit Professor Brilliant's History Department page to learn more.

Rachel Reinhard photoRachel B. Reinhard holds a Ph.D. in United States History and directs the UCBHSSP where she works with history and social studies teachers on implementing discipline specific pedagogy and expanding historical thinking in K-12 classrooms. Prior to her role as director, Dr. Reinhard held a faculty position at SUNY Cortland, which supports a large teacher preparation program in secondary history and social science, and led alumni work with Teach For America – Bay Area.  While at Teach For America, she designed and managed the region’s inaugural Teacher Leader Fellowship, a year-long inquiry cycle for twenty participating alumni educators.




Distinguished Scholars

Donna Graves photoDonna Graves
Local Historian
Graves has over twenty years of experience developing public history projects. Graves served as Project Director for the City of Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Memorial and worked with the City and National Park Service to initiate, plan, and implement the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. She is Project Director for Preserving California’s Japantowns, a statewide effort to identify and document what remains of the many pre-WWII communities that were destroyed by internment.  She was recently named to the advisory committee that is planning for the creation of a permanent memorial and visitor’s center to commemorate the disaster at Port Chicago.


Stephanie Jones-Rogers photoStephanie Jones-Rogers

Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Professor Jones-Rogers' research explores the intersection of race and gender in US History. Her talk will explore the significance of race and gender to wartime labor.



Karen Korematsu photo

Karen Korematsu
Co-Founder, Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, San Francisco, California

Karen Korematsu is the daughter of Fred Korematsu who led the federal legal challenge against Japanese internment.  Through her work with the Korematsu Institute, she educates the community and students about the history of Japanese Americans, her father, and social justice.





Workshop Hosts  

The University of California, Berkeley History Department is ranked as one of the top history programs in the nation. This summer workshop benefits from the exemplary faculty and graduate students affiliated with the department and other departments on campus.

UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project is a member site of a statewide coalition of the California Subject Matter Projects, which bridge the state’s universities with K-12 classrooms. UCBHSSP works directly with history and social studies teachers on implementing discipline specific pedagogy and expanding historical thinking in K-12 classrooms. This pedagogical expertise and long history working with K-12 teachers on content development and classroom practice, coupled with the resources of the department of history, its academic faculty, and the university’s resources, present a unique opportunity for classroom teachers from across the country.