Clarice Stasz

Professor Emerita


Ph.D., Rutgers-the State University

Academic Interests

Clarice Stasz taught at Sonoma State University from 1970-2004.  During her retirement, Stasz designs and manages websites for art-related non-profits, as well as the Jack London pages.  A lifelong musician, she continues to perform and compose songs.  She is completing a history of her family of Central European ancestors who settled in Cleveland, Ohio. 


Clarice Stasz trained in sociology, and originally was a member of SSU’s sociology department, where she taught courses in gender roles, social class, and simulation.  Through an interest in biography, she shifted her research to historical themes.  She completed a post doctorate year at Brown University in African-American History.  As a result of visiting Jack London State Historic Park, she embarked on his life and times, and remains an active scholar in London studies.  Moving to the history department, she taught specialized courses on the post-Civil War era, along with research methods and thesis writing on the graduate level.  During that time she wrote multi-generational histories of women in the Vanderbilt and Rockefeller families.

Selected Publications & Presentations

For a full description listing of Stasz’s ten books, go to her website.
Awards have included fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Summer Research Grants from the university.