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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

David M. Wrobel

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