David Wrobel

David Wrobel

Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
Ashbrook Center
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David Wrobel is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Merrick Chair of Western History. 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 (Wrangler) Award for Western NonfictionPromised 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. His current book projects are “The West and America, 1900-2000: A Regional History” (for Cambridge University Press); “We Hold These Truths”: American Ideas and Ideals, from the Pre-Colonial Era to the Present” (for Oxford University Press); and "John Steinbeck's America: A Cultural History, 1930-1968." He co-edits the Modern American West book series (University of Arizona Press), and is Past President of Phi Alpha Theta: The National History Honor Society, and the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch.

Research Areas

The American West


Ph.D., M.A., Ohio University
B.A., University of Kent, Canterbury, England

Courses Taught

AHG 660 - Westward Expansion