Zevi Gutfreund

Zevi Gutfreund

Associate Professor
Secondary Education Advisor
231D Himes Hall


Courses Taught

History and the Social Sciences I, II, and III; Seminar in History and the Social Sciences; U.S. History Since 1865; History of the U.S. West; U.S. Immigration History.


Current Research Interests

My current project investigates the persistent racial segregation of education in New Orleans after the violent protests of 1960. I am also studying efforts to integrate competitive sports in Louisiana after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Interested in Directing Theses On

 U.S. Immigration; U.S. West; History of Education



B.A. Harvard University (2001); M.A. UCLA (2008); Ph.D. UCLA (2013)

Awards and Honors:  John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2011-12)

UCLA McWilliams/Caughey Research Fellowship (2010-11)

UCLA Appleby/McWilliams Research Fellowship (2009-10)



Notable Articles

“Immigrant Education and Race: Alternative Approaches to ‘Americanization’ in Los Angeles, 1910 – 1940,” History of Education Quarterly 57.1 (February 2017), 1-38.

“Standing Up to Sugar Cubes: The Contest over Ethnic Identity in California’s Fourth-Grade Mission Curriculum,” Southern California Quarterly 92.2 (2010), 161-197.

“Language, Citizenship, and the ‘Model Minority Myth’: The Political Conservatism of Nisei Language Scholars in California,” Southern California Quarterly 101.2 (Summer 2019), 205-241.



Co-Author: Home Lands, How Women Made the West: A Teaching Unit, Grade Range 4-12 (Los Angeles: The National Center for History in the Schools with the Autry National Center of the American West, 2010).

Speaking American: Language Education and Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019).