Dr. W. Caleb McDaniel
Assistant Professor of History, Rice University
Dr. Caleb McDaniel will deliver the plenary address at 1:45 in Belin Chapel on Saturday, September 22. The title of his talk will be, “Before Juneteenth: The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on Texas
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Dr. McDaniel received his B.A. in history (2000, Summa cum laude) and M.A. in philosophy (2001) from Texas A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. The title of his dissertation was Our Country is the World: Radical American Abolitionists Abroad
. Dr. McDaniel has taught at the University of Denver (2006-2008) and at Rice University since 2008. He currently teaches graduate courses in nineteenth-century American history and historical methodology.
Dr. McDaniel’s research interests include the history of American slavery and abolitionism, the Civil War, and American intellectual history. He is the winner of numerous awards for his scholarly articles and teaching, including the 2009 Ralph D. Gray Article Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He lectures frequently in Houston-area forums as well as nationally. In April of this year he delivered a talk titled, “Dick Dowling and the Battle of Sabine Pass: The View from Emancipation Park
,” at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This talk was part of the museum’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. McDaniel’s book, The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists and Transatlantic Reform
, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2013.