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Daniel Lynch

Contact Information

Email    daniellynch@ucla.edu
Office  Bunche 6250

Daniel Lynch holds a Ph.D. in History from UCLA and is currently serving as the History Department's K-12 Outreach Coordinator. Before coming to UCLA, he taught history for nine years at the middle and high school level in Southern California public schools. His current research focuses on an unlikley alliance in nineteenth-century Southern California between two groups of men: migrants from the antebellum South and the Spanish-surnamed cattle ranchers of Alta California.

Fields of Study

US, World, History Education


“Southern California Chivalry: The Convergence of Southerners and Californios in the Far Southwest, 1846-1866.” Ph.D. diss., 2015.


"On the Edge of Empires, Republics and Identities: De la Guerra's Sword of the War and the California Native Cavalry," Virginia Scharff, ed., Empire and Liberty: The American West and the Civil War (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015), 105-121.

"Southern California Chivalry: Southerners, Californios, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance," Leading Edge, California History, vol. 91 no. 3 (Fall 2014), 60-62.

"From Test Plots to Large Lots: The Gardens of San Marino, California as Natural and Social Laboratories," UCLA History Journal, vol. 25 no. 1 (2014), 17-29.

Co-authored with William Deverell, "Our Own Civil War," Zocalo Public Square, 2011.

"Gabrielino (Tongva)," Peter C. Mancall, ed., Encyclopedia of Native American History (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

Grants and Awards

UCLA Public History Innovators Grant

Huntington Library-Western History Association Martin Ridge Fellowship

Bancroft Library Gunther Barth Fellowship

Department of History Rosecrans Pre-Dissertation Year Fellowship

Graduate Division Graduate Research Mentorship

Conference Presentations

Roundtable Discussion: "The Civil War Era and the American West: Unifying Concepts for Scholars, Students and Museum Goers," Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, April 2015, St. Louis, MO.

"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 16, 2014.

"Southern California Chivalry: White Male Southerners, Californios, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance, 1846-1856," Whitsett Graduate Seminar in California History, April 24, 2014.

"Southern and Californio Convergence in Southern California: General Andreas 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.


Stephen Aron, Committee Chair
Eric Avila
William Deverell
David Hayes-Bautista
Kevin Terraciano
Joan Waugh


Ph.D. US History, UCLA

M.A. World History & Single Subject Teaching Credential, CSU Long Beach

B.A. History, UC Berkeley