David Ortiz, Jr.

About David Ortiz, Jr.

I am a socio-cultural historian of 18th, 19th, & 20th century Europe.  I also focus on social movements in a number of courses (HIST 695Q, HIST456A, HIST 477, & HIST 478A.  My new course on the History of the Bicycle (HIST 407) is primarily a cultural history.  I also teach History of Sexuality (HIST 411), which is a social and cultural history with a large dollop of social and political theory.  

I regularly teach the following courses:
History 411-511 - The History of Modern Sexualities
History 407-507 - Perpetual Revolutions: The History of the Bicycle
History 456A-556A - History of Anarchism
History 477-577 - History of Comparative World Revolutions
History 478A-578A - The Global Sixties
History 498 - The Nature and Practice of History
HIstory 465C-565C - Imperial Spain
History 465D-565D - Contemporary Spain

In addition, I teach graduate courses in Mediterranean history and modern Europe seminars and colloquia on various topics. 

Areas of Study

Modern European History, Comparative World History, Social History, Cultural History


I am currently working on a manuscript that is the life and times of Gregorio Marañón tentatively titled Gregorio Marañón: Renaissance Man in a Modern Age. I am also writing an article on the pervasiveness of poverty with the region of Las Hurdes as the focal point of the study with a working title of "Las Hurdes: The Cycle of Poverty in a Spanish Region."

Selected Publications

Paper Liberals: Press and Politics in Restoration Spain. Contributions to the Study of World History, number 73. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.

"Leopaldo Alas." In Spanish Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 1999.

"Spain, Modern 1808-Present." In Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing. Edited by Kelly Boyd. London, UK: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

"Redefining Public Education: Contestation, The Press, and Education in Regency Spain, 1885-1902." In The Journal of Social History, Vol. 35:1, 2001.

"The American Presidency: Template for Executive Leadership?" In Espacio, Tiempo y Forma, Madrid, Spain: U.N.E.D., Serie V Historia Contemporanea, t. 16, 2004, 13-66.

"Spain since 1750." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World.  Edited by Peter Stearns. London, UK: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Research Interests

My research interests center on public discourse in southern Europe, particularly in newspapers, magazines, and popular novels, during the 'fin de siglo' period, from about 1870-1930. I am interested in social movements and social theory informing said movements.  My current research is being brought to fruition in the form of biography.  In my current manuscript on the life of the Spanish physician, Gregorio Maranon (1887-1960), I focus on medical-intellectual history with interventions in sexual history and literary history through my subject's primary works.

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Contact Information

David Ortiz, Jr.
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Telephone: 626-8419
Office: CHVZ 319G
Office Hours: M, T, W 1:30-3:30 and by appointment


Bachelor of Arts - History - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs - 1987.

Master of Arts - History - University of California, San Diego - 1990.

Candidate in Philosophy - History - University of California, San Diego - 1990.

Doctorate of Philosophy - History - University of California, San Diego - 1995.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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