William F. Deverell is a historian specializing on the 19th and 20th century American West and environmental history.

His numerous books on the history of California and the American West include:

  • A Companion to Los Angeles (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), also co-edited with Greg Hise, a multidisciplinary compilation of 25 original essays on the complex history of Los Angeles;
  • A Companion to California History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), co-edited with David Igler of the University of California, Irvine, which includes 30 essays providing a broad spectrum of perspectives on the history and culture of California; and

In addition, Deverell is the director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, a collaborative research and teaching entity between USC’s College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and the Huntington Library.

His USC graduate students 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.

In 2009-2010, he was the Beinecke Senior Fellow in Western Americana at Yale University.


Ph.D., History, Princeton University
M.A., History, Princeton University
A.B., American Studies, Stanford University