My name is W. Caleb McDaniel. I’m an associate professor of history at Rice University and a scholar of the nineteenth-century United States. I am also the faculty master at Duncan College, the newest of Rice’s eleven residential colleges.

On this site you can find my CV and publications, occasional posts on my current research and teaching, and some geeky computer hacks.


Feel free to email me at or send me snail mail at my department. I also tweet, pin, tumble, git, and LibraryThing.

In the Spring 2016 semester, I will be teaching FWIS 173, “Legendary Americans”; and co-teaching HIST 587, a graduate research seminar on American social and cultural history.


My first book, The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists and Transatlantic Reform, was published by LSU Press in May 2013. It was awarded the 2014 Merle Curti Award for best book in American intellectual history, and a James H. Broussard First Book Prize from SHEAR.

You can read the introduction online for free, purchase the book from Amazon in hardcover or paperback, or download from Project Muse.

You can also listen to an interview about the book on the New Books in American Studies podcast. Links to additional reviews and coverage are available on my Pinboard page.

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