David Marley

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David Marley, Ph.D.

David Marley, Ph.D.



David John Marley has a Ph.D. in History from George Washington University, and currently teaches in the History and Honors departments at California State University Fullerton. Marley is the creator of the first class to specifically focus on the History of Disneyland. He is a member of the Hyperion Historical Alliance, a group of scholars who work with the Walt Disney Company. He has appeared on the History Channel, published articles in scholarly journals, a chapter for an anthology on the civil rights movement in historical memory, over a dozen book reviews, and editorials for the History News Network. A former Jungle Cruise Skipper at Disneyland, he is the creator and producer of the popular Jungle Cruise based stand up comedy show The Skipper Show (facebook.com/SkipperShow).


Ph.D. The George Washington University

MA. California State University, Fullerton

Research Areas

Research Areas include Modern American History. Especially the Civil Rights Movement, The Christian Right, and most especially The History of Disneyland.

Courses Regularly Taught

US Survey

World Civilizations I

World Civilizations II

Historical Thinking

Historical Writing


Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise. (Theme Park Press, 2016).

Pat Robertson, An American Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Currently working on Volume II and III of Skipper Stories.