Iris Engstrand

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Iris Higbie Wilson Engstrand (born January 9, 1935) is a retired American academic. She was professor of history at University of San Diego from 1968 until 2017; she joined the faculty of the San Diego College for Men before it and other colleges joined to form the university in 1972.[1]

She specialized in the history of California and Spanish exploration during the 1700s,[2] and as of 2017 had written about twenty books on those subjects.[1]

She serves on the board of directors of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.[3] She served as co-editor of the Journal of San Diego History since 2004, served as the president of the Western History Association from 2004 to 2005, and in 2007 was awarded the Order of Isabella the Catholic by the government of Spain for her contributions to the field of Spanish history.[2]

She was born in 1935 in Los Angeles and earned her B.A. (1956), M.A. (1957), and Ph.D. (1962) from the University of Southern California.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Engstrand, Iris Wilson (2016). San Diego: California's Cornerstone (2nd ed.). Sunbelt Publications. ISBN 9781941384244.
  • Engstrand, Iris H.W. (1981). Spanish scientists in the New World : the eighteenth-century expeditions. Seattle: Univ. of Washington P. ISBN 978-0295957647.
  • Engstrand, Iris H. W. (11 December 2015). "The Enlightenment in Spain: Influences Upon New World Policy". The Americas. 41 (04): 436–444. doi:10.2307/1007350. JSTOR 1007350.
  • Engstrand, Iris H.W. (Fall 2014). "WD-40: San Diego's Marketing Miracle" (PDF). The Journal of San Diego History. 60 (4): 253–270.
  • Engstrand, Iris H. W (February 2000). "Of Fish and Men: Spanish Marine Science during the Late Eighteenth Century". Pacific Historical Review. 69 (1): 3–30. doi:10.2307/3641236. JSTOR 3641236.


  1. ^ a b "History with Class". USD Magazine. 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Leong, Karen J. "Past Presidents: Iris H. Wilson Engstrand (1935- )" (PDF). Western History Association.
  3. ^ Brennan, Deborah Sullivan (1 September 2015). "Studying San Diego: from Old World to New". San Diego Union-Tribune.