Founding Director
William Deverell received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in American Studies with honors and distinction. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University in 1989. He is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, which he founded in 2004. He previously taught at the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, San Diego.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching, Professor Deverell writes about the nineteenth and twentieth century American West. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books exploring a variety of topics and themes. They include The Blackwell Companion to Los Angeles (co-edited with Greg Hise); The Blackwell Companion to California History (co-edited with David Igler); and The Blackwell Companion to the History of the American West. He is the author of Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past and of Railroad Crossing: Californians and the Railroad, 1850-1910. With the historian Tom Sitton, he is the co-editor of Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s and California Progressivism Revisited. With Greg Hise, he co-authored Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region and co-edited Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles. He is currently at work on a study of the post-Civil War American West, under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Executive Director

elizabethlogan-web3Elizabeth A. Logan, Ph.D., J.D., is a cultural historian of the American West. She is a Preceptor at USC teaching California and U.S. legal history, and is partnered with Bill Deverell and the Huntington’s Dan Lewis on a fourth grade curriculum project on California for our state’s ten-year-olds. Her work explores the intersections of law, history and culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. She not-so-secretly wishes there was a LASA she could have joined when she was a high school junior!


Administrative Director

Taryn Haydostian

Taryn Haydostian is an artist and the Administrative Director for both the Los Angeles Service Academy (LASA) and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW). She studied art and art history at UCLA and received an MFA in Photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Her work explores the mythology of the American West as portrayed in photography and film, particularly in relationship to the western San Fernando Valley (of which she is a native). She likes the word “like” and the 1983 film Valley Girl.