Professor Ortiz has published and taught in the fields of African American history, Latino Studies, the African Diaspora, Social Movement Theory, U.S. History, U.S. South, labor, and documentary studies. He currently works with students in these and related fields.
He is currently finishing a book titled ‘Our Separate Struggles Are Really One’: African American and Latino Histories which will be part of Beacon Press’s new “ReVisioning American History series. He is also working on a manuscript titledC.L.R. James, Caribbean Radicalism, and the Rise of the Modern Anti-Colonial Movement; a synthesis of the segregated South with William H. Chafe titled Behind the Veil: African Americans in the Age of Segregation, 1895-1965; and an essay on William Watson Davis’s landmark text, The Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida, for an anthology titled Looking Back without Anger: New Appraisals of “the Dunning School” and its Contributions to the Study of American History, edited by John David Smith.
Professor Ortiz is also the Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program.