Charles L. Ponce de Leon, Ph.D.
BA, UC Santa Barbara
Ph.D., Rutgers University (United States History) Contact Information
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601
Bio and Research Interests
Born and raised in Palo Alto, California, I received my BA from UC Santa Barbara, where I was a college journalist and worked in community radio. I went to graduate school at Rutgers University and received a Ph.D. in United States History. I have taught at Princeton University and Purchase College, a branch of the State University of New York. In 2008, I moved to CSULB, where I am now Professor of History and American Studies.
I am a specialist in U.S. cultural and intellectual history. My fields of expertise include mass media and the popular culture industries, American intellectual life, and modern U.S. political culture. I have written books on the origins of celebrity in the U.S. and Elvis Presley and articles and review-essays on a variety of subjects. My forthcoming book, a history of television news in the U.S., will be published by the University of Chicago Press.
Ph.D. Rutgers University B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
Fortunate Son: The Life of Elvis Presley. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006.
Self-Exposure: Human-Interest Journalism and the Emergence of Celebrity in America, 1890-1940. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
“How Pivotal Were the Seventies?,” Reviews in American History 40 (March 2012): 128-138.
“Press and Politics,” in The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. Michael Kazin, ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.
“The Man Nobody Knows: Charles A. Lindbergh and the Culture of Celebrity,” in Dominick A. Pisano, ed. The Airplane in American Culture. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003: 75-104.
- History 173: Recent United States History
- History 380A: The United States in the Liberal Era, 1945-1968
- History 380B: The United States Since 1968
- History 499: Senior Seminar
- American Studies 351: Celebrity in American Culture