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David H. Anthony, III is Professor of African History at UC Santa Cruz. He was born in New York City. He graduated from New York University, and earned his MA and PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught at Coppin State College (now University), The University of Oregon, and since 1988, the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He has done field work in Tanzania, Lesotho, and South Africa.

Journals of publication include African Studies Review, Social Sciences and Mission, Journal of Religion In Africa, Journal of Anglican Studies, among others. Anthony authored Max Yergan: Race Man, Internationalist, Cold Warrior (New York: New York University Press, 2006)

Anthony's focus on research includes: African and African-American history, art, music, literature and cinema; Eastern and Southern Africa; African languages; Indian Ocean world; African and African American linkages; Islamic civilization; African diaspora studies; World history.

  • African Black Recognition Ceremony, UC Santa Cruz 2016. Photo Crystal Birns.

Anthony is also co-director of the Howard University research project African-American Historical Linkages with South Africa, ca. 1890-1965.

Professor Anthony is a leader in campus public service, and has participated in a broad range of events such as film screenings, public talks and exhibitions, including the UC Santa Cruz Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Convocation.

Anthony also has an affinity for film and music, and archives media ranging from African folk to contemporary jazz. Anthony plays both saxophone and flute.