Daniel Brendan Lynch
C. Phil. US History, UCLA, 2012
M.A. World History, CSU Long Beach, 2009
B.A. History, UC Berkeley, 1999
United States, North American West, California
I am interested in the convergence of Southerners and Californios in Southern California from the start of the Mexican American War through the Civil War Era. The United States defeated both Mexico and the Confederacy within twenty years, expanding national power in the West while reasserting it in the South. In the far corner of the Southwest, two influential groups mediated Southern California's incorporation into the Union: migrants from American slave states and local Latinos of the landholding class. Guided by similar seigniorial ideals, Southerners and Californios joined forces in a political faction known as the Chivalry and forged hybrid hierarchies of race, class and gender in the region. Their experience has much to teach us about the possibilities of intercultural cooperation in a dynamic period of imperial expansion, sectional conflict and national Reconstruction.
Founder, LA Writing Group: Our goal is to provide a positive and constructive environment for scholars to share their work related to Los Angeles and Southern California. The idea for the group came out of a USC-UCLA graduate seminar on Los Angeles co-taught by Dr. Eric Avila and Dr. William Deverell, and group members currently include doctoral students and postdocs from UCLA and USC as well as UCSB, UCSD, UCR, the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington. Scholars in any discipline and at any stage beyond their B.A. are welcome to join. We meet at the Huntington Library in San Marino. Contact me to find out about our next meeting.
Commitment to Public History: One of my career objectives is to help bridge the divide between academia and the general public. Before coming to UCLA, I taught history in Southern California public schools for nine years. As a school teacher, I took advantage of programs offered by the College Board, the UCLA History-Geography Project, and the NEH that used cutting-edge academic scholarship to improve classroom instruction. Now, as a graduate student, I look for opportunities to help build the bridges of public history. I am currently assisting Dr. Gary Nash with a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar on the American Revolution and Dr. Carolyn Brucken with the planning of an Autry National Center exhibit on the Civil War and the West.
Co-authored with William Deverell. "Our Own Civil War." Zocalo Public Square. 2011.
"Gabrielino (Tongva)" in Peter C. Mancall, ed. Encyclopedia of Native American History. New York: Facts on File, 2011.
Grants and Awards
Bancroft Library Gunther Barth Fellowship, 2012-2013.
Department of History Rosecrans Pre-Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-13.
Graduate Division Graduate Research Mentorship, 2011-2012.
Graduate Division Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2011.
Stephen Aron, Committee Chair
"Southern and Californio Convergence in Southern California: General Andres Pico and the Chivalry Democrats, 1846-1861," Bancroft Library Roundtable, Berkeley, California, February 21, 2013.
"Southerners, Californios and Southern California Secession," Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, August 10, 2012.
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