David Wrobel, Ph.D.
Office: Wright Hall, A-310
Phone: (702) 895-0810
David Wrobel is currently the Chair of the UNLV History Department. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the American West, Modern American Thought and Culture, the Progressive Era, Historical Methods, and the U.S. Survey: 1865-Present. This semester he is offering a graduate colloquium, HIST 726: The West and America; next semester he will offer an upper-division undergraduate and graduate course, HIST 410B: American Cultural and Intellectual History, II: Civil War to Culture Wars.
He is the author of Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory and the Creation of the American West (2002) (finalist, Spur Award for Contemporary Western Non-Fiction); The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal (1993); and numerous articles and essays, including “Exceptionalism and Globalism: Travel Writers and the Nineteenth-Century American West, reprinted in David Roediger, ed., The Best American History Essays 2008 (2008). He is the co-editor of Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West (2001); and Many Wests: Place, Culture, and Regional Identity (1997). His current book projects are "Global West, American Frontier: 19th and 20th-Century Travelers’ Accounts" (for the University of New Mexico Press’s Calvin Horn Series); and “The West and America, 1900-2000: A Regional History” (for Cambridge University Press). He co-edits two book series: The Modern American West (University of Arizona Press) and The Urban West (University of Nevada Press).
He is a participant in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Program, and recently held the position of Senior Research Fellow in Western American History at the Frederick W. Beinecke Library and the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, Yale University (2005-2006), and has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships, including The Huntington Library, CA (2003, 2001, 1997, 1993, 1990), the Newberry Library (1996), and the American Philosophical Society (1994).
He has served as President (2007- 2008) of the American Historical Association's Pacific Coast Branch, and as a member of the Western History Association (WHA) Council. He has also served as President of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society (2004-2006).
A dedicated promoter of partnerships between the academy and the schools, he has participated in and directed numerous teacher institutes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, U.S. Department of Education, National Council for History Education, American Institute for History Education, and the Mellon Foundation.