Paul Ortiz received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2000. He joined the University of Florida Department of History in 2008 after teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of two books, Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 (2005) and An African American and Latinx History of the United States (2018). Professor Ortiz has published and taught in the fields of African American history, Latino Studies, the African Diaspora, Social Movement Theory, U.S. History, U.S. South, labor, Oral History, and documentary studies. He currently works with students in these and related fields.