David M. Wrobel

David M. Wrobel

David M. Wrobel is a historian of American thought and culture and the American West. Dean of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma, he also holds the Merrick Chair in Western History there and is also engaged in a wide range of partnerships with K-12 educators. 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; Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West (2002); and The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal (1993). He is currently working on two books, "The West and America, 1890–1950: A Regional History" and "John Steinbeck's America: From the Great Depression to the Vietnam War." He is a past president of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association as well as of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Lectures

  • John Steinbeck's America: A Cultural History of the Great Depression and World War II *
  • Global West, American Frontier: Travelers' Accounts of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American West
  • Historiography as Pedagogy: Thoughts on the Messy Past and Why We Shouldn't Clean It Up
  • The West and America, 1890–1950 *
  • Causation: The Teacher's and Student's Nightmare
  • The Ghosts of Western Future and Past: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West from the Homestead Act to the Present
  • A World of Clashing Darwinisms: Conservatism and Liberalism in Late Nineteenth-Century America and Today
  • A Lesson from the Past: How K-12 and University Teachers Can Together Save History Education


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.