John Dizikes

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John Dizikes Ph.D. (born 1932) is a Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who served as Cowell College provost and who is a recipient of the UCSC Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award.[1]

Dizikes is the author of numerous articles and four books, and won the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award for "Opera in America: A Cultural History."[2] He also has an interest in thoroughbred horse racing, and in 2000 wrote a biography of Hall of Fame jockey Tod Sloan.[3]

An award bearing his name is presented each year to deserving faculty in the UCSC humanities department.



  1. ^ "John Dizikes to give Emeriti Faculty Lecture", Currents (UC Santa Cruz) Vol. 10 (No. 16), 2005-12-05,, retrieved 2010-11-10 
  2. ^ "Book Award Winners Focus On Black Life and the Blues". The News York Times. 1994-02-14. Retrieved 2010-11-10. ""Opera in America: A Cultural History" (Yale University Press), by John Dizikes, was awarded the [National Book Critics Circle] criticism prize." 
  3. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (2000-12-07). "Small in the Saddle". The Washington Post: p. C.02. Retrieved 2010-11-10.