History 1493: United States History, 1865-Present

History/Political Science 3020: Making Modern America: In Search of the Great Depression and New Deal

History 3430/English 4013: John Steinbeck’s America

History 6400: West, Nation, World

History 6400: Research Seminar on the Nineteenth- and Twentieth Century North American West

History 6400: Historiography of the North American West


Dean David Wrobel is the David L. Boren Professor and Merrick Chair of Western American History at OU. A historian of the American West and American thought and culture, his course offerings include the introductory survey, US History, 1865-Present, The Progressive Era, The Great Depression and New Deal, and John Steinbeck’s America, as well as graduate seminars on the American West. His most recent book is America’s West: A History, 1890-1950 (1917). His previous book, Global West, American Frontier (2013) received the Western Heritage Award for non-fiction. A dedicated promoter of partnerships between the academy and K12 educators, David also serves as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. He is the current President of the Western History Association (2019-2020), Past President (2007-2008) of the American Historical Association's Pacific Coast Branch, and of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society (2004-2006). David received OU’s Holden Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. He is dedicated to nurturing the connections between the science, social science, humanities, and professional programs that comprise the College, as well as the connections between undergraduate and graduate education, and is committed to the College’s central role in advancing OU’s mission as a major public research university.


America’s West: A History, 1890-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire and Exceptionalism, from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression (U. of New Mexico Press, 2013; paperback 2014), winner of the Western Heritage Award for Non-Fiction.

Promised Lands: Promotion, Memory, and the Creation of the American West U. Press of Kansas, 2002; paperback, with new preface 2011).

The End of American Exceptionalism: Frontier Anxiety from the Old West to the New Deal (U. Press of Kansas, 1993; paperback 1997).

John Steinbeck’s America, 1930-1968: A Cultural History (book in progress).