Michan Connor

Faculty Advisor: Philip Ethington

Contact Information

E-mail: michan@ita.edu

Biographical Sketch

Michan Connor is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the effects of political geography (the formation and change of city boundaries) on racial identity and politics in twentieth-century Los Angeles County. This project grew out of his intellectual interests in analyzing race, class, and gender as sociospatial relations and in the connections between the institutional and cultural politics of identity. The project makes interventions in the fields of ethnic studies, the history of metropolitan areas, and the history of Southern California. This dissertation is chaired by Professor Philip Ethington (ASE and History) and advised by Professors Laura Pulido (ASE and Geography), and George Sanchez (ASE and History). Michan’s graduate training has been concentrated in the history of the United States since the Civil War, urban history, ethnic studies, and cross-disciplinary approaches to metropolitan politics and culture incorporating critical race theory, cultural studies, geography, and history. He has held fellowships from the Haynes Foundation, the Huntington Library, the USC Urban Initiative, and the USC Center for Interdisciplinary Research. Michan has presented work at domestic and international conferences including the Netherlands American Studies Association's annual meeting in Middelburg, Netherlands in June 2006. He has held teaching assistantships in multiple departments at USC in which he has taught subject matter including the politics and culture of the 1960s, the political impact of film and popular culture in American history, the discursive construction of race and sexuality in the Anglo-American world, the history of labor and management in the United States, and changing currents of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality in American culture.


  • B.A. Northwestern Univ, 06/1998

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Arlington, 2008 - Present

Conference Presentations

  • American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, 8/2006
  • Netherlands American Studies Association, 6/2006

Honors and Awards

  • Dissertation Fellow, John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, 8/2006-7/2007  
  • Dissertation Fellow, USC Urban Initiative, 4/2005-9/2005  



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534