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Daniel Justin Herman

Professor of History

 

Daniel Justin HermanDaniel Herman is an Arizona native who was educated in California (mostly) and who has since lived in places as far away as New Zealand. Herman teaches courses on the American West; American Indian history; American cultural history; the American Revolution; and the Civil War. He has written four books, sixteen scholarly articles and book chapters, and some forty book reviews and encyclopedia articles.

Herman's most recent adventure in prose took the form of a novel, The Feudist (Texas Christian University Press, 2020), which Reader Views named the best Mountain-West novel of the year. In addition to introducing a flamboyant cast of characters based on actual historical figures, the novel explores the kindred nature of rustling and vigilantism; the persecution of Mormon polygamists; and the violent (and often racialized) contest for range and water in the 1880s Arizona. Herman built the novel from archival odds and ends he discovered while conducting research for an earlier monograph, Hell on the Range: A Story of Honor, Conscience, and the American West (Yale University Press, 2010), which the Pima County Library selected as one of its Southwestern Books of the Year. Both the novel and the monograph tell the story of what Arizonans called "The Pleasant Valley War."

The other book that Herman produced from his research on central Arizona is Rim Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making (University of Arizona Press, 2012), which examines the bloody and contradictory history of Apaches, Yavapais, settlers, and BIA agents between 1864 and 1940. Rim Country Exodus won the Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award and the Charles Redd Center/Phi Alpha Theta Book Award in Western History.

Prior to examining race and range wars in the West, Herman wrote Hunting and the American Imagination (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001), a study of how Americans have thought about--and practiced--hunting since the arrival of English colonists in 1607. Hunting and the American Imagination won the 2002 American Historical Society/Pacific Coast Branch book prize and became a History Book Club selection.

Herman is a hiker; a rockhound (ever pursuing the fabled "Ellensburg blue"); and a fan of mystery novels, old jazz, and any sort of folk music featuring banjos or fiddles. 

Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award, 2013, award presentation

Daniel Herman reading and discussing The Feudist (event held by Peregrine Books, Prescott)

 

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1995

  • B.A. Honours, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1988

  • M.S., Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, 1985

  • A.B., Pitzer College, Claremont, California, 1983

 

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