ICW Personnel

Bill Deverell, Director

William Deverell received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in American Studies with honors and distinction. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University in 1989. He is Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, which he founded in 2004. He previously taught at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching, Professor Deverell writes about the nineteenth and twentieth century American West. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books exploring a variety of topics and themes. They include The Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles (co-edited with Greg Hise); The Blackwell Companion to California History (co-edited with David Igler); and The Blackwell Companion to the History of the American West. He is the author of Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past and of Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910. With the historian Tom Sitton, he is the co-editor of Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s and California Progressivism Revisited. With Greg Hise, he co-authored Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region and co-edited Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles. He is currently at work on a study of the post-Civil War American West, under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing.


Contact: deverell@usc.edu

Taryn Haydostian, Administrative Director

Taryn Haydostian studied art and art history at the University of California, Los Angeles and is an MFA candidate in Photography at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. A multi-generation Los Angeles native, she is currently working on her thesis exploring the relationship between the San Fernando Valley and the rest of Los Angeles through photography, video, and performance.


Contact: haydosti@usc.edu

Doug Smith, Executive Director, Los Angeles Service Academy

Douglas Smith received his undergraduate degree with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia. His first book, Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics, and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia, received the 2003 Virginia Literary Award in Non-fiction. He is currently completing his second book, On Democracy’s Doorstep: One Person, One Vote and the Quest for Equality in Twentieth-Century America, which will be published in 2014 with Hill & Wang.

He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Education, the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson presidential libraries, and the Huntington Library, among others. His articles have appeared in five collected volumes and in the Journal of Southern History, the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television.

He has taught History and American Studies at Caltech, Occidental College, and, most recently, the Colburn Music Conservatory in downtown Los Angeles, where he now serves as the Director of Humanities.


Contact: jdsmith65@gmail.com

Peter J. Westwick, Director of the Aerospace History Project

Peter Westwick is Assistant Research Professor in the History Department at the University of Southern California, and Director of the Aerospace History Project at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.  He received his BA in physics and PhD in history from UC Berkeley, and has taught at Yale and Caltech.  His research focuses on the history of science and technology in the twentieth century U.S.  He is the author of Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004, which won book prizes from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society, and The National Labs: Science in an American System, 1947-1974, which won the book prize of the Forum for the History of Science in America.  He is also editor of Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California , which was selected to the Best Non-Fiction of 2012 by the Los Angeles Public Library.  Most recently he co-authored, with Peter Neushul, The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing, an LA Times bestseller. In addition to overseeing archival acquisitions and oral histories for ICW's Aerospace History Project, he is currently working on a history of the National Academy of Sciences and a history of the Strategic Defense Initiative.


Contact: westwick@usc.edu

Elizabeth A. Logan, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Elizabeth A. Logan is a postdoctoral fellow with ICW and an assistant editor of Boom: A Journal of California. She completed her Ph.D. in History at USC in August 2013 and is honored to continue her work with ICW.


Contact: elizabal@usc.edu

Allison Miller, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow


Contact: milleral@usc.edu

Affiliated Postdoctoral Scholars, 2014-2015

  • Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
  • Department of History
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0034