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John Corbally

Faculty - Social Science, Pleasant Hill Campus

John Corbally embarked upon an academic career in his thirties. Living in California undocumented for nine years, he worked, first, on construction sites and then in the world of international logistics. Following the events of 9/11, he decided he wanted to teach history and spread more diverse views of historical pasts. Following a B.A. in European History and an M.A. in World History at San Francisco State University, he completed a PhD at UC Davis within four years. In "Shades of Difference: Irish, Caribbean, and South Asian Immigration to the Heart of Empire, 1948-1971," John compared the experiences of migrants from three very different parts of the world, analyzing their role in both disrupting and perpetuating racial and imperial hierarchies in post-World War Two Britain. John taught history and humanities courses at Stanford, as well as British, Irish, European, and World History at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Mills College amongst others. John teaches World History and European history at DVC.

He has authored and co-authored the following World History text series, from 1500-2000:

Amazon: The Making of the Modern World

Bloomsbury: The Making of the Modern World

  • B.A. in European History, M.A in World History. - San Francisco State University
  • Ph.D - UC Davis
  • U.S history since 1877
  • Western Civilization to 1500
  • Western Civilization since 1500
  • Critical Reasoning in History
  • World History to 1500 (Fall 2016)
  • World History since 1500 (Fall 2016)
  • Contemporary European History (Fall 2016) 
  • Under contract with Bloomsbury Press to co-author a three volume, fifteen-chapter World History coursebook. 

    “The Othered Irish - Shades of Difference in Postwar Britain, 1948-1971.” Contemporary European History , Volume 24 , Issue 01 , February 2015, pp 105 – 125

  •  Book Review for Timothy H. Parsons. "The Second British Empire: In the Crucible of the Twentieth Century." Critical Issues in World and International History. (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

  • Book Review for “The New Imperial Histories Reader,” edited by Stephen Howe, (London: Routledge, 2009), for H-Albion (H-Net). (January, 2012)

    “Postwar Immigration from the Commonwealth: The Jarring Irish.” Radical History Review, Number 104: 103-125, (Spring 2009)

  • AHA, JBS, WHA 
Last Updated: 12/7/23