William Deverell is chair of the History Department at USC and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California. He is the author of numerous works on the 19th and 20th century American West, including Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past. With David Igler, he edited The Blackwell Companion to California and with Greg Hise, he edited The Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles. He co-curated, also with Greg Hise, the online exhibit “Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990.”
Bill Deverell, professor of history at the University of Southern California, describes how journalist Carey McWilliams wrote about Los Angeles and California, from migrant workers to the Zoot Suit Riots, and influenced writers like Hunter S. Thompson.