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Daniel Cady

Associate Professor

Cady Profile

Office: Social Science 116


Office Phone: 559-278-6817


Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University (2005)

Fall 2023

Course Days/Times
HIST 187 - California History M 6:00 - 8:50 pm
HIST 210T - American Politics and Religion W 6:00 - 8:50 pm

Spring 2024

Course Days/Times
HIST 21 - American History from 1877 T 6:00 - 8:50 pm
HIST 188 - Local History TTH 2:00 - 3:15 pm
HIST 299A - Thesis  
HIST 299B - Thesis  

  • Twentieth-Century U.S.
  • American Music
  • Oral History

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Freethinkers and Hell Raisers: A Brief History of American Atheism, Agnosticism, and Secularism," Atheism and Secularity, Volume II, Edited by Phil Zuckerman. (Westport, CT: Praeger Press, 2009)

"A Battle Transplanted: Southern California's White Churches, Black Press, and the 1920s Ku Klux Klan," Journal of the West Vol. 48, No. 2 (Spring, 2009)

"Hell's Belles: Southern Moralists and the Making of White Southern California, 1915-1930" Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities Vol. 26, No. 1 (May 2009)

“Woody Guthrie: Ramblin' in Black and White,” Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles, edited by Bill Deverell and Darryl Holter (Los Angeles: Angel City Press forthcoming), co-authored with Douglas Flamming

“In Tune with Innovation: West by Southwest Musical Panel at the 2009 Western History Association Conference,” California History, 87:3 (June 2010), co-authored with Douglas Flamming


  • California History
  • Regional/Oral History
  • American Popular Music
  • California Studies
  • American History from 1877
  • Jewish American Popular Culture


  • Los Angeles
  • American West

Currently working of Burning Down a Dream; a book on African Americans’ battle for leisure in 1920s Los Angeles. Replete with dance halls, firebombs, apocalyptic preachers, bathing suit contests, and renegade cops, this study bridges the worlds of black middle-class aspirations, white working-class culture, in a city in search of its identity.