Stephen Aron is a professor of history and the Robert N. Burr Department Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles. A specialist in frontier, borderland, and western American history, he is the author of How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay (1996), American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (2006), and The American West: A Very Short Introduction (2015), and a coauthor of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the Modern World from the Mongol Empire to the Present (4th edition, 2014). He is currently writing a book entitled "Can We All Get Along: An Alternative History of the American West." From 2002-2104, Aron had a split appointment between UCLA and the Autry Museum of the American West, in which he sought to bridge the divide between "academic" and "public" history. In 2015, he held the Peter and Margaret D'Angelo Visiting Chair in the Humanities at St. John's University, and in 2016-2017, he was the president of the Western History Association.