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Jerke, Iris M.

Lecturer AY-A,  History

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-5507

Office Hours
Fall 2014: M 12:00 to 1:00 pm on the days of the history section
I am also available through email M-Th from 9 am to 5 pm:



  • Master of Arts. San Jose St Univ, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, African American Studies
    CSU-San Jose, California, United States, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Science: Race, Ethnicity and Gender
    CSU-San Jose, California, United States, 2002
  • Associate of Arts, Intercultural Studies
    De Anza College, California, United States, 2000


Iris M. Jerke, history professor at San Jose State University and San Jose City College. Ms. 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, a B.A. in African American Studies, a B.A. in Social Science with emphasis in Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity and a M.A. in U.S. History with a concentration in African American History from San Jose 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 academic interests are African American History, Cross-cultural Black Women's History, 19th century American History, and History of the West.