Paul Ortiz has published and taught in the fields of African American history, Latino studies, the African Diaspora, Social Movement Theory, U.S. history, U.S. South, labor and documentary studies. His newest book is People Power: History, Organizing and Larry Goodwyn's Democratic Vision in the 21st Century published by the University Press of Florida.
Areas of Expertise (8)
Unites States South
Social Movement Theory
African American History
Latin American Studies
United States History
Media Appearances (6)
Fearless educator takes her place as a role model for all
The Hill online
With a marble likeness of Mary McCleod Bethune newly installed in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building, all supporters of democracy have new reason to celebrate. Bethune is the first African American to be selected by a state for representation in the hall, and her statue joins one of John Gorrie, inventor of an air-cooling machine, in representing the state of Florida.
The Rev. A.S.J. Allen honored by UF, historians and family
The Gainesville Sun online
According to an essay from University of Florida history professor Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, Allen was shot and killed, and Shaw was acquitted of the crime following Jim Crow-style justice.
‘We want our land back’: for descendants of the Elaine massacre, history is far from settled
The Guardian online
Paul Ortiz, director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida, says oral histories passed down through the generations should be viewed as authoritatively as primary records. “The scholarly consensus is that written records are subject to the same strengths and weaknesses as human memory,” he said. “State records of anti-Black massacres are often not dependable because they were generated by law enforcement agencies and officials who actually participated in the violence.”
U. of Florida Asks Students to Use App to Report Profs Who Don‘t Teach In Person
The president of the faculty union, Paul Ortiz, told EdSurge that he is concerned that the anonymous app might be used by students to try to professionally harm professors they do not agree with.
Some UF faculty outraged over tattle button
The Gainesville Sun online
"It is causing great outrage in the community," said Paul Ortiz, president of the university's faculty union and director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at UF. "It really smacks of McCarthyism."
UF Continues To Face Backlash For Spring Reopening Plans
At the beginning of the protest, UFF-UF president Paul Ortiz, 56, informed the crowd that UF’s Vice President of Student Affairs had that afternoon announced that all students taking in-person classes would be required to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks until the infection rate decreases. Ortiz explained that while mandatory COVID-19 tests were not what the organizations wanted, the regulations are a step in the right direction. He said it was thanks to the groups’ activism.