About Paul Steward


(415) 338-6174



College of Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)



At SF State Since:

Fall Semester 2019


Professor, Businessman, Musician,

Lecturer of Native American/American Indian Studies for CSU since 2016; Paul specializes in the history of California and the local history and culture of the Bay Area and North Bay. Professor Steward is a tribal member of Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria near Clearlake Oaks, CA. Raised on the reservation from birth until age 10, he learned his tribal culture from his father and paternal grandparents.

Academically, Paul studied Business Administration at Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University, and was in a doctoral program at Saint Mary's College of California. His learning of social, history, and ethnic studies came from professors Dr. Dianne Smith, William Spires, Dr. Leny Strobel, and under the guidance of Dr. Greg Sarris.

In practice, Paul experienced tribal business operations and the crossroads of culture through apprenticing under his father, Richard Steward, a tribal officer of Elem and a board member of such Native organizations as Lake County Tribal Health, Sonoma County Tribal Health, Ya-Ka-Ama Indian Education and Development Inc, California Indian Manpower Consortium, California Rural Indian Health Board, and working for tribes Stewart's Point Rancheria, and Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.

Paul has also contracted for the Native organization California Consortium for Urban Indian Health. Other business ventures include marketing in the english language for a Japanese cryptocurrency and blockchain tech company Bexam/Early Works ltd; marketing for Digital Prints & Imaging company of Santa Rosa CA; and community outreach for Pacific Gas & Electric.

Yet, Paul's first passion is music. Playing guitar and singing since he was 14, he has performed professionally as the leader of Twice As Good, a multi-award winning Blues/R&B band he founded with his father. Proudly the 2010 Native American Music Awards Blues Album of the Year. They have released 8 albums and continue to tour and perform. Recently, Paul is venturing into a solo artist project with a more modern Pop sound. He has released a new album and is on an intermittent world tour.