An academic focus on the Central Valley region’s historically African-American communities brought Michael Eissinger to UC Merced.
He decided the UC’s newest campus was the best place to pursue his doctorate in world cultures. The university was geographically convenient for Eissinger, who lives in Fresno, but the main draw was something else.
“Really, the people I wanted to work with were at UC Merced,” he said.
Today, the onetime disc jockey, computer consultant and college instructor has found fresh success both in and out of the classroom. Eissinger recently won an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award and in May published a book about the Madera County community of Fairmead.
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