David Igler is a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, where he has taught since 2003. His fields of interest include Pacific history, California and the American West, and the United States in the world. He is the author of The Great Ocean: Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush (2013), which examines the convergence of foreign and indigenous populations throughout the eastern Pacific, and Industrial Cowboys: Miller & Lux and the Transformation of the Far West, 1850-1920 (2001). He is a coeditor, with William Deverell, of A Companion to California History (2008) and, with Clark Davis, of The Human Tradition in California (2002). Igler has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Huntington Library. His writing has won awards from the Western History Association, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He is currently the president of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association.
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- Beyond the Wild West: Violence and Death in the Pacific during the Age of Encounters
- The Great Hunt: Environment and Extinction in the Early Modern Pacific Ocean
- Contesting Empire: Individuals and Oceanic Space in the Pacific