Michael Ward

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(818) 677-3556
Office location:
Sierra Tower 601



BA, California State University, Northridge, 1996
MA, California State University, Northridge, 1998 
PhD, Claremont Graduate University, 2008


HIST 270 The United States to 1865
HIST 271 The United States since 1865
HIST 370 Problems in American History to 1865
HIST 371 Problems in American History since 1865
HIST 369 American Indian History
HIST 417 California for Educatory
HIST 473B The United States 1877-1920
HIST 488 California History


  • “Teaching Indigenous American Culture and History: Perpetuating Knowledge or Furthering Intellectual Colonization?” Journal of Social Sciences 7:2 (2011): 104-112
  • “Panic of 1819,” Encyclopedia of Alabama, Online
  • “Rebecca Rawson: Portrait of a Daughter of the Puritan Elite in the Massachusetts Bay Colon,” New England Journal of History 56:1 (1999)
  • Timoloqinash: Incorporating Chumash Cultural Self-History into the History of California,” Wishtoyo Foundation, Online
 Research and Interests

As an illustrator known for his portrayals of indigenous California, Dr. Ward recently completed a series of paintings on the “Island of the Blue Dolphins/ Lone Woman of San Nicholas Island” and another series related to Chumash Indian culture and history in the northern Santa Barbara Channel Islands, as part of the film Channel Islands National Park: Treasure in the Sea, for the National Park Service.