Mark Brilliant

Mark Brilliant from neck up, standing outside smiling in pink and white striped buttondown
Associate Professor
Department of History and Program in American Studies
Job title: 
Associate Professor
Department of History
Program in American Studies

Born in New York City and raised in Denver, Colorado, I received my bachelor's degree from Brown University(link is external) in 1989. I then taught social studies at Lafayette High School (link is external)in Brooklyn, New York from 1990 through 1994, after which I headed to Stanford University(link is external), where I earned my Ph.D. in history in 2002. Following Stanford, I spent two years at Yale University, the first as a post-doctoral fellow at the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders(link is external) and the second as a lecturer in the history department. I then came to the University of California, Berkeley in September 2004 as an assistant professor in history and American studies. In September 2010, Oxford University Press published my first book, The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978(link is external). It won the Cromwell Book Prize(link is external) from the American Society for Legal History and received honorable mention from the Organization of American Historians for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award(link is external). I am currently working on book entitled From School Bus to Google Bus: A New Politics, a New Economy, and the Rise of a New Gilded Age, which examines the relationship between the new (post-industrial, high technology) economy and the new (post-New Deal, post-Great Society, bipartisan neoliberal) politics from the late 1960s through the late 1980s and how they contributed to the rise of the New (or Second) Gilded Age, as it would come to be known.

Research interests: 

20th century U.S.; comparative civil rights (with a focus on politics and law); the American West; American education