Dr. George Wright
    Professor Emeritus - Political Science
    

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

  Social Science/Creative Arts/History

Skyline Office: Building 2, Room 2303
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  Fax: 650 738 4288

  Phone: 630 738 4277

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 Courses  Syllabi                

 

 

 

 

 

 

History 201 United States History1

 

 

 

History 202 United States History2

 

 

 

History 203 United States History since 1945

 

 

 

History 240 History of Ethnic Groups in California

 

 

 

History 244 African American History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Research Paper Assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Paper Template

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Required Readings

 

 

 

 

 

Political Tendencies

 

 

 

The Uses of History

 

 

 

 

Hegemonic Ideologies

 

 

 

 

Ethnic History of California

 

 

 

 

 Selected Writings:  George Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Education and Professional Activities

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

 Biography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Wright was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in December, 1944.  His parents—George and Marietta—moved to Los Angeles in 1951. His father served in World War II in the European Theater and was a carpenter, while his mother taught elementary school.  He attended Catholic schools through the 9th grade.  In Fall, 1960 he enrolled in Los Angeles George Washington High School, graduating in Spring, 1962.   Between Fall,1962 and Spring, 1964 he attended Los Angeles Harbor Community College, where he completed his General Education requirements.  In September, 1964 he transferred to Chico State College and majored in History.  He received his BA in 1966.  He received a Master’s Degree in 1969.  The title of his thesis was The Negro in California, 1849-1865

While completing his Masters Degree he taught History at Chico High School between 1968 and 1970.  Courses he taught included United States History, Black History, Western Civilization, and Journalism.  He also served as assistant Track and Field Coach. Beginning in 1970 he taught Political Science and International Relations at California State University, Chico.   Courses he taught there included Introduction to United States Government, Black Politics in the United States, Introduction to Third World Politics, The Politics of Developing Nations, the Politics of  Globalization, American Foreign Policy, Comparative African Politics, and International Relations: Sub-Saharan Africa.  

While on leave from Chico State he worked as a Congressional lobbyist for the Washington Office on Africa in 1978, and continued his post-graduate education, receiving a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at the University of Leeds in 1987.  The title of his Ph.d. theses was The Carter Administration and Angola: A Case Study of United States Foreign Policy

Professor Wright took an early retirement from California State University, Chico in 2000.  Between Fall, 2000 and 2003 he taught part-time at Chico in the State University’s early retirement program.  In 2000, he was granted Professor Emeritus status. In 2004 he was hired to teach History part-time at Skyline Community College; and in 2005 he was hired full-time in the same capacity.   The courses he teaches at Skyline are United States History I;  United States History II; African-American History; United States History since 1945; and the History of Ethnic Groups in California.

His publications include:  The Destruction of a Nation: United States Policy towards Angola since 1945 (Pluto Press, 1997);   “The Clinton Administration’s Policy Toward Angola: An Assessment,” Review of African Political Economy (2001); and  “Globalization and International Sport,”  New Political Economy (1999) and Olympic Review (1999). In 2005 he completed The Autobiography of Stan Wright: Forty Years in the “Good Old Boy” Network published by the Pacifica Sports Research Institute.  (Stan Wright was the sprint coach for the 1968 and 1972 United States Olympic Track and Field team.)  He has also made a video documentary about the 1950 Los Angeles Jefferson High School Track and Field team; a team which is considered the greatest high school track team ever.  Professor Wright’s other interests include Track and Field, Running, Photography, Film, and Jazz.

George Wright was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in December, 1944.  His parents—George and Marietta—moved to Los Angeles in 1951. His father served in World War II in the European Theater and was a carpenter, while his mother taught elementary school.  He attended Catholic schools through the 9th grade.  In Fall, 1960 he enrolled in Los Angeles George Washington High School, graduating in Spring, 1962.   Between Fall,1962 and Spring, 1964 he attended Los Angeles Harbor Community College, where he completed his General Education requirements.  In September, 1964 he transferred to Chico State College and majored in History.  He received his BA in 1966.  He received a Master’s Degree in 1969.  The title of his thesis was The Negro in California, 1849-1865

While completing his Masters Degree he taught History at Chico High School between 1968 and 1970.  Courses he taught included United States History, Black History, Western Civilization, and Journalism.  He also served as assistant Track and Field Coach. Beginning in 1970 he taught Political Science and International Relations at California State University, Chico.   Courses he taught there included Introduction to United States Government, Black Politics in the United States, Introduction to Third World Politics, The Politics of Developing Nations, the Politics of  Globalization, American Foreign Policy, Comparative African Politics, and International Relations: Sub-Saharan Africa.   While on leave from Chico State he worked as a Congressional lobbyist for the Washington Office on Africa in 1978, and continued his post-graduate education, receiving a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at the University of Leeds in 1987.  The title of his Ph.d. theses was The Carter Administration and Angola: A Case Study of United States Foreign Policy

Professor Wright took an early retirement from California State University, Chico in 2000.  Between Fall, 2000 and 2003 he taught part-time at Chico in the State University’s early retirement program.  In 2000, he was granted Professor Emeritus status. In 2004 he was hired to teach History part-time at Skyline Community College; and in 2005 he was hired full-time in the same capacity.   The courses he teaches at Skyline are United States History I;  United States History II; African-American History; United States History since 1945; and the History of Ethnic Groups in California.

His publications include:  The Destruction of a Nation: United States Policy towards Angola since 1945 (Pluto Press, 1997);   “The Clinton Administration’s Policy Toward Angola: An Assessment,” Review of African Political Economy (2001); and  “Globalization and International Sport,”  New Political Economy (1999) and Olympic Review (1999). In 2005 he completed The Autobiography of Stan Wright: Forty Years in the “Good Old Boy” Network published by the Pacifica Sports Research Institute.  (Stan Wright was the sprint coach for the 1968 and 1972 United States Olympic Track and Field team.)  He has also made a video documentary about the 1950 Los Angeles Jefferson High School Track and Field team; a team which is considered the greatest high school track team ever.  Professor Wright’s other interests include Track and Field, Running, Photography, Film, and Jazz.