Joseph Boskin

Joseph Boskin

Joseph BoskinOccupation: History Professor
Born: Brooklyn, New York, August 10, 1929

PhD in History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1959)
MA in History, New York University (1952)
BA in History, State University of New York, Oswego, NY (1951)

Emeritus Professor of American Social History & African-American Studies, Boston University (1970-Present)
Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1960-1969)
Adjunct Professor, State University of Iowa (1959-1960)

Career Related:
Advisory Board Member, Humor American Culture, Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (1995-1996); Consultant, Advisory Board, Riots & Disorder Task Force, California Council of Criminal Justice (1968-1969); Consultant, Governor’s Commission on the Los Angeles Riot (1965-1966)

Sergeant, U.S. Army (1954); U.S. Army, Greenland (1952)

Creative Works:
Author, “A Comic Outing” (2017); Author, “Corporal Boskin’s Cold Cold War” (2011); Author, “Urban Humor,” Encyclopedia of American Urban History (2006); Author, “Humor during the Great Depression,” Encyclopedia of the Great Depression (2003); Author, “Jack Benny, W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, Lenny Bruce, and Godfrey Cambridge,” American National Biography (1999); Author, “Rebellious Laughter: People’s Humor in American Culture” (1997); Author, “The Humor Prism in 20th Century America” (1997); Author, “Sambo: The Rise and Demise of an American Jester (1986); Author, “Urban Racial Violence in the 20th Century” (1976); Author, “Into Slavery: Racial Decisions in the Virginia Colony” (1976); Author, “Seasons of Rebellion: Protest & Radicalism in Recent America” (1972); Editor, “Seasons of Rebellion: Protest & Radicalism in Recent America” (1972); Author, “The Negro in American Culture” (1967-1968); Contributor, Articles, New York Times Magazine; Contributor, Articles, Los Angeles Times; Contributor, Articles, The World & I; Writer, “Sunrise Semester,” NBC; Host, “Sunrise Semester,” NBC; Writer, “From Appomattox to Hiroshima,” NBC; Writer, “Sunday Public Affairs,” NBC; Writer, “The Negro in American Culture,” NBC; Consultant, “Countdown 100: The Greatest Achievements of the 20th Century,” Arnold Shapiro Productions

Outstanding Teacher, University of Southern California (1968); Outstanding Teacher, University of Southern California (1964); Russall Sage Research Grant; Research Grant, National Institute Of Mental Health; Emmy Award for “The Negro In American Culture”

American Association of University Professors (1960-Present); Advisory Board, International Humor Society (1970)

Son of Abraham J. Boskin; Diana G. Boskin
Children: Julie; Lori; Deborah



Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in America – 2011, 65th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who in America – 2010, 64th Edition (pub. 2009)


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