Michael Block


Contact Information
E-mail: blockm@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1657
Office: SOS 254


Biographical Sketch

MAJOR FIELD: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American West STATUS: ABD SELF-DESCRIPTION: A San Francisco native, Michael earned his bachelor's degree (with honors in history) at Oberlin College, in Ohio. Michael is working on his dissertation, titled "New England Merchants, the China Trade, and the Origins of California." The dissertation seeks to find connections between American commercial involvement in the China trade since the American Revolution, and the eventual American invasion of California in 1846.


  • B.A. History, Oberlin College, 2004
  • M.A. History, University of Southern California, 2007

  • Description of Research

    Research Specialties
    United States History, Early America, History of the Early American Republic, History of California and the American West, Environmental History, Business and Economic History

  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034