Joseph Boskin, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus of History
Company: Boston University
Location: Cambridge, MA United States



  • Boston University
  • Institute on Law and Urban Studies
  • New York University
  • State University of New York, Oswego
  • United States Army
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Southern California


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2017)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (2009-2010)
  • Author, “SAMBO: The Rise and Demise of an American Jester” (2001, 1986)
  • Author, “Rebellious Laughter: People’s Humor in American Culture” (1997)
  • Appointed Danforth Associate Program, The Danforth Association  (1981-1986)
  • Author, “Humor and Social Change in the Twentieth Century” (1980)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Lecturer Award, School of Public Administration, University of Southern California (1978)
  • Author, “Into Slavery: Racial Decisions in the Virginia Colony” (1976)
  • Awarded, Russell Sage Research Fellowship Grant, Russell Sage Foundation (1975-1976)
  • Co-investigator and Consultant, “Urban Disorder Study,” (1967-1973)
  • Development of Model of the Watts Disorder and Comparative Study of Urban Riots (1964-1971)
  • Co-author, “The Oppenheimer Affair: A Political Play in Three Acts (1969)
  • Recipient, Associated Student Body Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California (1968, 1964)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Southern California (1968, 1964)
  • Research Grant Recipient, “A Comprehensive Study of Urban Racial Violence in the 20th Century,”  National Institute of Mental Health (1967-1968)
  • Recipient, EMMY Award, NBC Television Series, “The Negro in American Culture,” Host and Writer, 20 programs (1967)
  • Recipient, Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, University of Southern California (1964)
  • Recipient, Tozer Foundation Award, University of Minnesota (1958-1959)
  • Numerous edited and authored professional articles, media scripts and journals

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