David Duncan

University of California Santa Cruz
My name is David Duncan and I am a PhD Candidate of History at the University of California Santa Cruz. My oral history approach stems from my previous career as an EMT and a reserve fire fighter. I worked in many different settings across the San Francisco Bay Area from ambulances to hospitals to large public gatherings. When I was introduced to oral history after I had left the field, I discovered many parallels between the social component of patient care and oral history interviewing. I also realized that it fulfilled the aspect of first responder work that I missed the most, working within communities and public service. Through oral history interviews, my dissertation examines school desegregation in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s. I am also creating a companion podcast to showcase the oral history interviews and create a public-facing narrative. I lead UCSC's official podcast, "Slugcast," where we provide necessary information to students and create creative story-driven episodes. I have also been a part of an oral history book about UCSC student experience during COVID-19 titled "The Empty Year: An Oral History of the Pandemic(s) at UC Santa Cruz." Each summer, I teach an introductory oral history course that culminates with students creating an oral history podcast. In my limited spare time, I have done freelance oral history work, mostly focused on preserving memory for families.


PhD in History-Pending, MA History 2020, conducted over 50 oral history interviews for various subjects since 2018.


Regions Available for Work

Other Regions: California|| US

Purpose of Contact

  • I am available to answer questions, or provide mentorship to other oral historians
  • I am available for hire - as an oral historian, consultant, presenter, educator, or related services
  • I am available to collaborate - on research, community projects, artistic endeavors, or other joint undertakings with peers
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