William Deverell, PhD, Professor of History
University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
Deverell has authored or co-authored more than two dozen books, chapters, and articles on California and the West addressing topics in political, social, ethnic, and environmental history. Currently at work on a book exploring the history of the post-Civil War American West, he recently published the Blackwell Companion to California with David Igler and the Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles with Greg Hise. He is also co-editing the Encyclopedia of California for UC Press. He is director of The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West. ICW draws on the resources of the University of Southern California and the Huntington Library to build an innovative collaboration between a research university and a research library.
Peter Westwick, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research)
University of Southern California & Director of the Aerospace History Project, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
Westwick, a historian of science, was a Postdoctoral Fellow and later a Senior Research Fellow in Humanities at Caltech. He has authored or co-authored 18 books, chapters, and articles related to the aerospace industry and the history of American science and technology in the Cold War, including Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1974-2004, which won book prizes from both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society. Most recently, he edited Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California. Westwick is also director of the Aerospace History Project, part of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and a wide-ranging archival, scholarly, and public outreach effort aimed at the preservation and interpretation of myriad materials and memories of the aerospace history of Southern California.
Eileen Luhr, PhD, Assistant Professor
California State University, Long Beach
Luhr’s research interests include cultural and religious history, politics, and modern United States history. Her Witnessing Suburbia explores the intersection of conservatism, religion, and suburbanization by demonstrating the ways in which conservative religious beliefs helped reshape the political and cultural landscape of the late twentieth century. Luhr is currently at work on a project that examines evangelical Christian responses to domestic and global unrest during the Cold War. Luhr also serves as the coordinator for the Social Science Credential Program and teach History 401, Social Science for Teachers.
D.J. Waldie, Author and Memoirist
Waldie served as Lakewood’s Public Information Officer between 1981 and 2010 and retired as Deputy City Manager of Lakewood in 2010. He is the author of the award-winning Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir as well as Real City: Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out, Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles, and Close to Home: An American Album. Holy Land received the California Book Award for nonfiction in 1996. In 2004, Where We Are Now: Notes from Los Angeles was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Waldie is a contributing writer at Los Angeles Magazine. His book reviews and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. He has lectured on the social history of Southern California at over a half-dozen campuses around the country.
Jon Wiener, PhD, Professor of History
University of California, Irvine
Wiener has authored more than a dozen books and articles on Cold War history and culture. His How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America, published in 2012, examines efforts to establish museums, monuments, and historic sites to convince the public that the Cold War was, like World War II, a good war. He was involved in a long-running Freedom of Information lawsuit against the FBI for their files on John Lennon which ultimately went to the Supreme Court. The story of the litigation, and its fruits, is the subject of Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files. Since 1984, he has been a contributing editor of The Nation magazine, America’s oldest weekly, where he writes about campus issues, intellectual controversies, and Southern California politics. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History. His book Professors, Politics and Pop is a collection of those essays.