David Wrobel

Professor, David L. Boren Professor and Merrick Chair of Western American History

Email:  david.wrobel@ou.edu

David Wrobel (PhD, Ohio University) teaches HIST 1493, the introductory U.S. Survey: 1865-Present, upper-division undergraduate courses on the Progressive Era: 1890-1920, the Great Depression and New Deal, John Steinbeck, and Modern American Thought and Culture, graduate courses on the history and historiography of the 19th- and 20th-century North American West, and courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  He is the author of Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism, from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression (2013), winner of the Western Heritage Award for Nonfiction; Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory and the Creation of the American West (2002); The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal (1993); and numerous articles and essays, including “Regionalism and Social Protest During John Steinbeck’s Years of Greatness, 1936-1939” (2013), and “Exceptionalism and Globalism: Travel Writers and the Nineteenth-Century American West," reprinted in David Roediger, ed., The Best American History Essays of 2008 (2008). He co-edited Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West (2001); and Many Wests: Place, Culture, and Regional Identity (1997). His current book projects are “The West and America, 1900-2000: A Regional History” (for Cambridge University Press); "We Hold These Truths:  American Ideas and Ideals, from the Pre-Colonial Era to the Present" (for Oxford University Press); and "John Steinbeck's America, 1930-1968: A Cultural History." He co-edits The Modern American West book series (University of Arizona Press).  Professor Wrobel is also a dedicated promoter of partnerships between the academy and the schools and has participated in and directed numerous K-12 teacher institutes and workshops since 2000.  He is also a participant in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Program, and held the position of Senior Research Fellow in Western American History at the Beinecke Library and Lamar Center, Yale University (2005-2006). He has served as President (2007- 2008) of the American Historical Association's Pacific Coast Branch, and President of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society (2004-2006), and as a member of the Western History Association (WHA) Council.  In 2015, he received the Holden Award for Teaching Excellence, from OU's College of Arts & Sciences.

Professor Wrobel's upcoming public lectures include:

"Expanding Undergraduate History Research Horzions," Keynote Address for Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference, Presbyterian Health Foundation Executive Conference Center (655 Research Parkway - Oklahoma City), Friday, September 30, 2016, 12 pm.

John Steinbeck's America:  The 1930s, Bedlam Learning Series, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 N.W. 15th Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73103, Friday October 7, 9 am.

John Steinbeck's America, Annaley Naegle Redd Lecture in Western History at Brigham Young Unvierseity, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Provo, Utah, Time TBA

"The Grapes of Wrath and the Great Depression," Webinar for National Humanities Center's "America in Class" series for K-16 teachers, scheduled for April 2017, specific time and date TBA

Click here for Professor Wrobel's website.  Click here for his article "The Grapes of Wrath: Views from the University of Oklahoma."