Postdocs and Visiting Scholars

Michael D. Block

USC Dornsife College Distinguished Teaching Fellow

Office: SOS 165
Phone: (213) 740-5349

Ph.D. History, USC (2011)
Dissertation: “New England Merchants, the China Trade, and the Origins of California” (Advisors: William F. Deverell and Peter C. Mancall) Michael is a historian of Early America, the Early American Republic, and the Antebellum United States, focusing on American trade with China and on how the pursuit of that trade drew Americans into the Pacific Basin and specifically to California. His courses at USC include HIST 300 (Approaches to History), HIST 348 (The Dynamics of American Capitalism), and HIST 349 (Colonial North America). Michael is currently working on revising his dissertation into a book manuscript.


William Estrada

Adjunct Assistant Professor of History



Sharon Gillerman

Adjunct Associate Professor of History



Steve Hindle

Adjunct Professor of History


Robert Ritchie

Adjunct Professor of History


Mark Robison

Professor of Clinical Education and Adjunct Professor of History



Peter Westwick

Assistant Professor (Research) of History
Ph.D. History, UC Berkley

Office: SOS 153
Phone: (213) 740-1657


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