Richard Griswold del Castillo (1942-) was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. He studied at UC Berkeley and the University
of Dijon, France, before earning B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduating
in 1974, Griswold del Castillo taught at San Diego State University, was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico City and published
several books including
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo: A Legacy of Conflict
North to Aztlán
The Los Angeles Barrio, 1850-1890: A Social History
. Griswold is married to Rita Sanchez and currently resides in San Diego.