Stephen Aron

Stephen Aron

Public Historian and Professor of History, UCLA

Stephen Aron, a professor of history at UCLA, is the author of How the West Was Lost (1996); American Confluence (2006); and The American West (2015); the co-author of Worlds Together, Worlds Apart (5th edition, 2017); and the editor of Convergence magazine (2004-2011). He is currently writing a book with the working title Can We All Get Along: An Alternative History of the American West.

For many years, Aron split his appointment between UCLA and the Autry Museum of the American West, where he served as the executive director of the Institute for the Study of the American West. In that position, as well as in his role as a consultant for other museums and for numerous television programs, documentaries, and films, he has sought to bridge the divide between “academic” and “public” history. In 2017, Aron served as President of the Western History Association.