Faculty


William Deverell

Professor of History
Chair
Director

Contact Information
E-mail: deverell@email.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1676
Office: SOS 274

LINKS
Personal Website
 

Biographical Sketch

I am an American historian with a focus on the nineteenth and twentieth century American West. I have written works on political, social, ethnic, and environmental history. I'm currently at work on a book exploring the history of the post-Civil War American West (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). With David Igler of UC Irvine, I recently published the Blackwell Companion to California, and with Greg Hise of USC, I edited the recently published Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles. David Igler and I are co-editing the Encyclopedia of California for UC Press. I direct the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; please consult our website at www.usc.edu/icw for more information. My graduate students at USC work on a variety of topics on the history of the West, ranging from the West's racial and ethnic history, to the rise of conservative politics in the Southwest, and the western U.S. connections to the Pacific Rim. In 2009-2010, I was the Beinecke Senior Fellow in Western Americana at Yale University.

Education

  • A.B. American Studies, Stanford University, 6/1983
  • M.A. History, Princeton University, 6/1985
  • Ph.D. History, Princeton University, 6/1989


  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Postdoctoral Instructor in American History, Caltech/Huntington Library, 1988-1990  

    Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Professor of History, University of Southern California, 07/01/2004-  
    • Associate Professor of History, California Instiute of Technology, 07/01/1996-06/30/2004  
    • Associate Professor of History, University of California, San Diego, 07/01/1994-06/30/1996  
    • Assistant Professor of History, University of California, San Diego, 08/01/1990-06/30/1994  

    PostDoctoral Appointments
    • Postdoctoral Instructor in American History, Caltech/Huntington Library, 1988-1990  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    William Deverell, a historian of the 19th and 20th century American West, has published numerous books and papers on the history of California and the American West. Recent books include "Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of its Mexican Past," which examines the historical relationship between the growth of Los Angeles and Southern California's complex history of racial and ethnic conflict and accommodation. With USC's Greg Hise, he recently edited "Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles," part of the University of Pittsburgh Press's series on the environmental history of urban America. He and Hise are currently at work on the co-edited "Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles." With Professor David Igler of UC Irvine, Deverell is co-editor of the "Blackwell Companion to California." Professor Deverell is the director of the newly-established Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, a collaraborative research and teaching entity between USC's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and the Huntington Library. Professor Deverell's current research focuses on the aftermath of the Civil War in the American West.

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Director, http://www.usc.edu/icw
    • USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Collaborator, http://www.usc.edu/emsi

    Other Research

    • Expert Witness Testimony City of San Jose v. Union Pacific Railroad Corporation, 2008-2009   

    Publications


    Book
    • Deverell, W. F. To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds: The American West After the Civil War. New York: Bloomsbury Press.
    • Deverell, W. F., Hise, G. (2010). Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell.
    • Deverell, W. F., Igler, D. B. (2008). Blackwell Companion to California. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell Companion to California History/Blackwell.
    • Deverell, W. F., White, D. G. (2006). United States History: Beginnings to 1877. Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
    • Deverell, W. F., White, D. G. (2005). United States History: Independence to 1914. Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
    • Hise, G., Deverell, W. F. (2005). Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles. University of Pittsburgh Press.
    • Deverell, W. F. (2004). Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
    • Deverell, William Francis (Ed.). (2004). Blackwell Companion to the American West. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
    • Deverell, W. F., Sitton, T. J. (2001). Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
    • Hise, G., Deverell, W. F. (2000). Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
    • Deverell, W. F., Hyde, A. F. (2000). The West in the History of the Nation, vols 1 and 2. Bedford/St. Martin's.
    • Deverell, W. F. (1994). Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
    • Deverell, W. F., Sitton, T. J. (1994). California Progressivism Revisited. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

    Book Chapter
    • Deverell, W. F. (2010). Foreword: In Search of the Golden West. Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press.
    • Deverell, W. F. (2006). Niagara Magnified: Finding Emerson, Muir, and Adams in Yosemite. (Vol. NA). Berkeley and Los Angeles: Art of An American Icon/University of California Press.
    • Deverell, W. F., Wild, H. M. (2006). Going Against the Grain: Multiracialism and the Fate of the Social Gospel in 1920s Los Angeles. Race, Religion, Region: Landscapes of Encounter in the American West/University of Arizona.
    • Deverell, W. F., Flamming, D. (1999). Race and Regional Identity: Boosting Los Angeles, 1880-1930. pp. p. 117-143. Power and Place in the American West/University of Washington Press.

    Book Review
    • Deverell, W. F. (2010). Claims and Re-Claims in Western History. Reviews in American History.
    • Deverell, W. F. (2009). Searching for Tamsen Donner. Los Angeles Times.
    • Deverell, W. F. (2006). Review of Frank Norris: A Life. Los Angeles Times Book Review.

    Journal Article
    • Deverell, W. F. (2010). Special Issue: Jews of California. Casden Institute.
    • Deverell, W. F. (2010). CityThink. Los Angeles Magazine. Vol. Spring 2010
    • Deverell, W. F. (2009). Teaching California History: A Forum. California History. Vol. 87
    • Deverell, W. F. (2009). Historian, Father, Obsession. Frontiers. (Summer 2009)
    • Deverell, W. F. (2008). The Farther West: Mormons, California, and the Coming of the Civil War. Journal of Mormon History.
    • Deverell, W. F. (2008). California and the Coming of the Civil War. Southern California Quarterly.
    • Deverell, W. F. (2007). Redemptive California? Re-Thinking the Post Civil War. Rethinking History/Oxford University Press. Vol. NA
    • Simon, B., Deverell, W. F. (2001). Come Back, Tom Joad. California History/California Historical Society. Vol. Winter, pp. pp. 180-191.
    • Deverell, W. F., Igler, D. B. (1999). The Abattoir of the Prairie. Rethinking History/Oxford University Press. Vol. Fall, pp. pp. 321-323.

    Other
    • Deverell, W. F. (2010). Grand Ventures: The Banning Family and the Shaping of Southern California. Huntington Library Press.

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • Film Interview, Documentary Film on Simons Brickyard, Los Angeles, 2008-2009   
    • Documentary Film, Executive producer on documentary film, Whitewashed Adobe, 2008-2009   
    • On-line essay, Co-authored on-line essay, "The End of the Aerospace Century in Southern California" for LA Observed, January 2010, 2009-2010   
    • On-Line essay, Co-authored on-line essay for LA Observed blog on "The End of the Aerospace Century", 2009-2010   
    • Television Interview, Canadian Public Broadcast; History Channel Canada. Interview for "Trashopolis" multi-part history of world cities (LA segment)., 2010-2011   
    • Blog essay, Co-author, "California and the Civil War" at zocalopublicsquare.org, 2010-2011   

    Honors and Awards

    • Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, 2007-2008   
    • USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow, 7/1/2005-6/30/2008  
    • Tanner Lecturer, Mormon History Association, Fall 2007   
    • Whitsett Lecturer, California State University Northridge, Spring 2007   

    Service to the Profession


    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editorial Board, Western Historical Quarterly, 2007-  
    • Editorial Board, Pacific Historical Review, 2004-2007  
    • Editorial Board, San Diego History, 2005  

    Professional Offices
    • Nominating Committee Member, Western Historical Association, 08/2006-  




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