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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 specializes in American cultural history, American Indian history, the American West, Jacksonian America, and the Civil War. He has produced three books, twelve scholarly articles, and some thirty book reviews and encyclopedia articles.  His newest book, Rim Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making (University of Arizona Press, 2012) examines the bloody and contradictory history of Apaches, Yavapais, settlers, and BIA agents in Arizona between 1864 and 1940. It won the 2013 Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award. His previous book, Hell on the Range: A Story of Honor, Conscience, and the American West (Yale University Press, 2010) was chosen as a Pima County Library Southwestern Book of the Year.  His first book, Hunting and the American Imagination (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001), won the 2002 American Historical Society/Pacific Coast Branch book prize and became a History Book Club selection. Herman is a hiker (at least in the summer), avid rock hound, amateur silversmith, and a fan of old jazz, classic Western films, and any sort of music that sounds Celtic. 

Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award, 2013, award presentation
Video Interview with Dr. Marji Morgan, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
Tom Christian's interview with Dr. Herman for his teacher's course

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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

Fellowships, Awards, Honors

  • Charles Redd Center-Phi Alpha Theta Book Award in Western History, 2013 (for Rim Country Exodus)
  • Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award, 2013 (for Rim Country Exodus)
  • CWU Distinguished Professor of Research, 2012-13
  • CWU College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award 2011
  • CWU College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award 2010
  • CWU College of Arts and Humanities Summer Research Award 2010
  • Clements Center for Southwest Studies fellow, 2008
  • Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year, CWU chapter, 2004-05
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2005
  • CWU College of Arts and Humanities Faculty Scholarship/Artistic Achievement Award, 2003
  • CWU College of Arts and Humanities Summer Scholarship/Creativity Grant, 2003
  • American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund Grant, 2003
  • AHA Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, 2002 (Hunting and the American Imagination)
  • CWU Faculty Research Grant, Spring 2002
  • Hunting and the American Imagination, History Book Club Selection, 2001
  • CWU Seed Grant, Summer 2001
  • Smithsonian Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1997
  • Mellon Foundation Fellowship, 1994-95
  • Distinction on PhD Qualifying Exam, May, 1992
  • First-Class Honours (BA Honours Program), University of Canterbury, 1988
  • Honors in History (AB), Pitzer College, Claremont, California, 1983

Publications/Current Projects

  • Rim  Country Exodus: A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making (scheduled for release in October 2012 by University of Arizona Press)
  • Hell on the Range: A Story of Honor, Conscience, and the American West (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)
  • Hunting and the American Imagination (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001)
  • "From Farmers to Hunters: Cultural Evolution in the Nineteenth-Century United States," in Kathleen Keet, ed., A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Empire (London and New York: Berg Press, 2008)
  • "Whose Knocking? Spiritualism as Therapy and Entertainment in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco," American Nineteenth-Century History, 7, no.2 (summer 2006).
  • "Hunting Democracy," Montana: The Magazine of Western History,55, no. 3 (Autumn, 2005), 23-33.
  • "The Hunter's Aim: The Cultural Politics of American Sport Hunters, 1880-1910," Journal of Leisure Research, 35, no. 4 (Fourth Quarter 2003), 455-475
  • "Hunting for Empire: Lewis and Clark Claim a Continent for Science," Columbia, 17, no. 2 (Summer 2003), 24-30
  • Hunting and the American Imagination (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001)
  • "Romance on the Middle Ground" (essay on frontier historiography), Journal of the Early Republic, summer 1999
  • "The Other Daniel Boone: The Nascence of a Middle-Class Hunter Hero, 1784-1860," Journal of the Early Republic, fall 1998
  • "Science, Seance, and San Francisco," "Women Mediums and Women's Rights," and "Midnight Disclosures," The Californians: The Magazine of California History, spring 1994

Summer Seminars

  • "The Redemptive West: Nationhood and Healing in the Post-Civil War American West," sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, 2005
  • "Border Crossings: An Interdisciplinary Southwestern Studies Faculty Institute," sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Center for the Study of the Southwest, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2002