Professor of History
Modern U.S. Social & Cultural, African American, Film, Digital History
Degrees: B.A. UCSD; M.A. UCLA; Ph.D UCLA
Selected Research: Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood (Amistad/HarperCollins, 2005); Mae West: An Icon in Black and White (Oxford, 2001); God, Harlem U.S.A: The Father Divine Story (U of California, 1992).
Professor Watts received a B.A. in History from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She came to California State University, San Marcos after teaching at Weber State University, UCLA, and Santa Monica College. She has also taught at Cornell University where she received a fellowship from the Society for the Humanities. Her research interests include United States social and cultural history, African-American history, film history, and biography. She has served as the Interim chair of the Department of History, co-chair of Women's Studies, the Program Director of Film Studies, and the Graduate Studies Coordinator for the History Department.
Professor Watts was awarded the CSUSM President’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2007.