Iris Jerke


San José State University, 2003.

B.A., Summa Cum Laude

San José State University, 2002.


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Areas of Interest

  • African American History.
  • Black Women's Cross-Cultural History.
  • Gender History.
  • 19th century American History.
  • History of the West.


“From Black and White to Mixed: California's Public School System, 1850–1875” (M.A. thesis, San José State University, 2003).

California's Changing Majority: Historic and Contemporary Dynamics (Dubuque: Kendall Hunt, 2004).


Iris M. Jerke, was born and raised in Germany. During her twenty years stay in the multi-ethnic city of Berlin (West, Germany) she gained a well-founded diverse cultural background. Extensive travel throughout Europe and the United States added to her understanding of different race relations inside and outside of the United States. Before pursuing a career in academics, Ms. Jerke owned a business in Germany.

Between the years 1998 and 2003, Ms. Jerke received an A.A. in Intercultural Studies at DeAnza Community College, Cupertino in 2000, a B.A. in African American Studies, a B.A. in Social Science with emphasis in race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity, both in 2002 and a M.A. in U.S. history with a concentration in African American History in 2003 from San José State University.

Ms. Jerke received honors as a President's scholar and Dean's scholar; she is the recipient of several scholarships and a First Year Fellowship from the University of California, Department of History, Davis, California. Her teaching specialties include United States History, Critical Thinking, African American History, Race and Ethnic History, Women's History, Black Women's Cross-Cultural History, and History of Film.