William F. Deverell

William Deverell is the Divisional Dean for the Social Sciences at USC Dornsife and Professor of History in the Van Hunnick Department of History. He also directs the USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative. He previously taught at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego.

Professor Deverell teaches and 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, as well as the recently-published Kathy Fiscus: A Tragedy that Transfixed the Nation. 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 and Professor Anne Hyde of the University of Oklahoma co-authored the two volume Shaped by the West: A History of North America. With co-editor Wade Graham, he is at work on a volume (to be published by the University of Chicago Press) on the human and natural history of Los Angeles County.  From 2022 to 2023, Professor Deverell served as the President of the Western History Association.



Elizabeth A. Logan

Elizabeth A. Logan received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in History with honors, her JD from the UCLA School of Law, and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She serves as the Co-Director of ICW and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Service Academy (LASA). Her previous work includes positions as an Assistant Editor of Boom: A Journal of California and as a Dornsife Preceptor. Her teaching and work explores the intersections of law, history and culture in the 19th- and early 20th-century United States and American West.

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Eryn Hoffman

Eryn Hoffman has a B.A. with honors in History from Yale University, a Master’s in Child & Adolescent Literacy from Loyola Marymount University, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from USC. She serves as the Operations Director of ICW, supporting the exploration and scholarship of history and culture of California and the west. For the last 20 years, she has been deeply involved in K-12 education, with roles that have included history department chair and instructor, curriculum director, director of research, global programs director, and faculty mentor and professional development coach. Eryn’s work has been highlighted nationwide, including by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Hathaway-Brown/EE Ford Educational Innovation Summit, OESIS (Online Education Summit for Independent Schools), and The Today Show.

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Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim received her PhD in history at USC in 2012, was a postdoctoral fellow with ICW in 2013, and is currently Associate Professor of History at CSUN, where she teaches courses on Los Angeles, California, the borderlands, and public history. Her book, Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865-1941 (UNC Press, 2019), explores the rise of Los Angeles and investment in Mexico. The book is the co-winner of the 2020 Kenneth Jackson Award for best book from the Urban History Association. She loves combining her interests in public history and the American West on ICW’s social media platforms.

Working on a new project on California, the West, or the borderlands? Come across an amazing archival image or text? Get in touch with Jessica. She’d love to feature your work!