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
Southern California Chivalry: My dissertation focuses on the convergence of male Southerners and Californios in greater Los Angeles 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 confirming it in the South. In the far corner of the Southwest, two influential groups of men worked together to mediate Southern California's incorporation into the Union: migrants from the antebellum South and the local rancheros of Alta California. Guided by similar seigniorial ideals regarding masculine honor, land ownership and social order, Southerners and Californios joined forces in a political faction known as the Chivalry. They pushed for territorial separation from the rest of the state; coordinated vigilante activity; and forged hybrid hierarchies of race, class and gender in a complex multiethnic society. Their experience illustrates some of the possibilities of intercultural cooperation in a dynamic period of imperial expansion, sectional conflict and national Reconstruction.
Courses taught at UCLA:
"California in the Civil War Era: Western Diversity and the Reconstruction of the Nation"
"Reframing LA: New Vistas in Los Angeles History"
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 from UCLA and USC as well as UCI, UCSB, UCSD, UCR, the University of Minnesota and the University of Paris. Scholars in any discipline and at any stage beyond their BA are welcome to join. We meet at the Huntington Library in San Marino.
USC-UCLA Los Angeles History Conference: Plans are in the works for a joint USC-UCLA conference on Los Angeles history. The event is scheduled for October 2-3, 2015. Contact me for more information.
"On the Edge of Empires, Republics and Identities: De la Guerra's Sword of the War and the California Native Cavalry," Empire and Liberty: The American West and the Civil War, Virginia Scharff, ed., University of California Press, forthcoming, 2015.
Co-authored with William Deverell. "Our Own Civil War." Zocalo Public Square. 2011.
"Gabrielino (Tongva)" in Encyclopedia of Native American History. Peter C. Mancall, ed. New York: Facts on File, 2011.
Grants and Awards
Huntington Library-Western History Association Martin Ridge Fellowship, 2013.
Bancroft Library Gunther Barth Fellowship, 2012-2013.
Department of History Rosecrans Pre-Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2012-13.
Graduate Division Graduate Research Mentorship, 2011-2012.
Stephen Aron, Committee Chair
"A Chivalric Scheme in the Southwest: The Southern and Californio Plan to Split California," Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Newport Beach, California, October 2014.
"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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