History with Class
Longtime USD Professor Iris Engstrand Retires
Monday, March 6, 2017
“I don’t think anyone takes a job and thinks, ‘this is where I’ll be for the next five decades,’ but it worked out that way,” Engstrand says.
History professor Iris Engstrand is retiring at the end of the academic year, her 48th at Alcalá Park.
“I don’t think anyone takes a job and thinks, ‘this is where I’ll be for the next five decades,’ but it worked out that way,” Engstrand says. “I’ve been privileged to see USD develop from the tiny colleges for women and men into a truly great university. It’s been such a blessing.”
Author of more than 20 books, Engstrand is an accomplished scholar of Latin American, Mexican and Spanish history and was recently awarded the Order of Isabel la Católica by the King of Spain for outstanding contributions to the history of Spain in the Americas.
Soon after joining the San Diego College for Men faculty in 1968, history department chair Ray Brandes asked Engstrand to organize a conference on San Diego history. That conference became the catalyst for a new specialty. Almost 50 years later, Engstrand is perhaps the leading authority on the region’s history. The new edition of her book, San Diego: California’s Cornerstone, was published in 2016.
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