Blake Allmendinger


Blake Allmendinger grew up in rural Colorado, and is now a professor in the English Department at University of California, Los Angeles, where he teaches a course on Basque American literature and specializes in literature of the American West. His books include The Cowboy: Representations of Labor in an American Work Culture (Oxford, 1992), Ten Most Wanted: The New Western Literature (Routledge, 1998), Over the Edge: Remapping the American West, coedited with Valerie Matsumoto (Berkeley, 1998), Imagining the African American West (Nebraska, 2005), The Melon Capital of the World: A Memoir (Nebraska, 2015), The Cambridge History of California Literature, ed. (Cambridge, 2015), Geographic Personas: Self-Transformation and Performance in the American West (Nebraska, 2021), and Tongues of Settlement: Where the World Becomes Basque (in progress). His most recent article, “Imitation of Life: Lana Turner’s Mysterious Origins,” will be posted at on April 21, 2023. Professor Allmendinger has received the Mellon Fellowship (1988-89), the Ahmanson-Getty Fellowship (1994-95), the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2000-01), and the National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship (2000-01).


  • MA: Oxford University, 1983
  • MA: University of Pennsylvania, 1989