Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Jewelle Taylor Gibbs

Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor
McGarrigle, Leah
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs started as assistant professor at the University of California School of Social Welfare in 1979, became an associate professor in 1983, a full professor in 1986, and was appointed to the endowed chair as Zellerbach Family Fund Professor of Social Policy, Community Change and Practice in 1993, a position she held until her retirement in 2000. During these years Professor Gibbs wrote influential articles and books on a wide range of topics including minority mental health, young black men in America, and the O.J. Simpson and Rodney King cases;she was a visiting scholar in the United States and abroad;and she mentored a generation of students and faculty. She received the highest academic honor at the University of California, the Berkeley Citation, and testified before Congress. Professor Gibbs had returned to graduate school when her sons were in high school;her life has followed a trajectory instructive and inspirational for women who raise their families and occupy careers which impact the public sphere in significant ways. Professor Gibbs' committee work and professional trajectory offers insight into the culture and mechanics of change within the academy.
Subject area(s):
Education and University of California
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
2002 2003 2004
African American Faculty and Senior Staff
Oskicat record:
Gibbs, Jewelle Taylor. "Jewelle Taylor Gibbs." Interview by Leah McGarrigle in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.