William Deverell is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. An historian of the 19th and 20th century American West, he has written on the environmental, political, and ethnic history of the region. He is currently at work on an augmented reality project designed to recover the last spaces, places, and people of the first Chinatown in Los Angeles, destroyed in the 1930s to make way for Union Station. He studied at Stanford and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Princeton.