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2015 D'Angelo Chair

Stephen A. Aron

A professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, who has earned recognition as an authority on the western United States, Stephen A. Aron, Ph.D., is the 2015 Peter and Margaret D’Angelo Endowed Chair for the Humanities at St. John’s University. He joins the history faculty in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Aron’s research primarily focuses on frontiers and borderlands in North America. He is chair of western history at the Autry Institute for the Study of the American West, which he previously also served as executive director. In addition, is vice chair for academic personnel at UCLA and has taught at Princeton University.

Dr. Aron has sought to bridge the divide between academic and public history. Toward this end, he has participated in the American Historical Association’s “What I Do” series and joined a panel discussion on history museums at the Smithsonian, which aired on CSPAN. He currently is writing a book entitled Can We All Get Along: An Alternative History of American Wests.

The recipient of numerous honors and fellowships—including distinguished speaker at the Western History Association in 2013 and fellow and visiting professor at the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) in 2008—Dr. Aron is a prolific author. His books include The American West: A Very Short Introduction (2014); American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (2006); and How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay (1996). He co-edited the volume, Trading Cultures: The Worlds of Western Merchants (2001); and was the co-general editor of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World from the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present, vol. 2 (2002).

Dr. Aron earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. At St. John’s University during the spring 2015 semester, he will teach an undergraduate and a graduate seminar on the history of the American west. He also will deliver these public lectures:  

 Queens Campus
“The Wishtory and History of the American Frontier”
Thursday, April 16, 2015
1:50 p.m. (Common Hour)
D’Angelo Center, Room 206

Staten Island Campus
“The Wishtory and History of the American Frontier”
Thursday, April 9, 2015
1:50 p.m. (Common Hour)
Kelleher Center, Kiernan Suite

For additional information, please contact Ms. Patricia Marchia at 718-990-6272 or marchiap@stjohns.edu.

Established in 2007, the Peter P. and Margaret A. D’Angelo Chair in the Humanities promotes excellence in teaching and scholarly exchange.