Bruce Daniels, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, History

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Bruce Daniels is a graduate of Syracuse University (A.B.) and the University of Connecticut (M.A., Ph.D.). He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bihar, India where he worked as an agricultural extension agent. For 31 years, Daniels taught at the University of Winnipeg during which time he received the Clifford Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the first annual Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research.
Daniels is the author of over two hundred scholarly articles and reviews, and ten books, including, The Fragmentation of New England: Economic, Political, and Social Divisions in the Eighteenth Century (1986); Puritans at Play: Leisure and Recreation in Colonial New England (1995 and 2005 editions); Living with Stalin’s Ghost: A Fulbright Memoir of Moscow and the New Russia (2005); and New England Nation: The Country the Puritans Built (2012).
From 1980 to 2004, Daniels held SSHRC research grants. In 1993 he was a Fulbright Fellow and in 2005, he was a Distinguished Fulbright Chair. While working at the University of Winnipeg, Daniels served as Editor of the Canadian Review of American Studies, President of the Canadian Association of American Studies, Associate Editor of American National Biography, Book Review Editor of the Urban History Review, and Contributing Editor of the Journal of American History.

Daniels also served as History Department Chair at Texas Tech University, held the Nicolai Sivachev Chair at Moscow State University (Russia), and held the Gilbert N. Denman Endowed Chair in American History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition he has been a visiting professor at Bowling Green State University, Connecticut College for Women, Duke University, The University of Connecticut, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Daniels ran for the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination in 1996 and served as Lieutenant Governor of the Manitoba Youth Parliament.

Research Interests

  • U.S. History
  • Colonial and Revolutionary America
  • New England
  • Popular Culture