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David Wrobel is interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the David L. Boren 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 Nonfiction; Promised 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.