William Deverell

Professor of History, Spatial Sciences and Environmental Studies
William Deverell
Email deverell@usc.edu Office SOS 274 Office Phone (213) 740-1657

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Director
  • USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Collaborator


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 am the founding director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Please consult our website at www.usc.edu/icw for more information. I am one of founding directors of the Los Angeles Service Academy, a high school outreach initiative that teaches high school students about the infrastructural networks of Southern Callifornia (LAServiceAcademy.org). I also direct the USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative. 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. Current projects include the Chinatown History Project and the West on Fire Initiative.


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