David Wrobel

Professor, Merrick Chair of Western History


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, and Modern American Thought and Culture, and graduate courses on the history and historiography of the 19th- and 20th-century North American West. He 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.  He is the author of Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism, from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression (2013); 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) and "John Steinbeck's America, 1930-1968." He co-edits The Modern American West book series (University of Arizona Press).  Professor Wrobel is 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.  Click here for Professor Wrobel's website.  Click here for his article "The Grapes of Wrath: Views from the University of Oklahoma."