Daniel Walker Howe

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Daniel Walker Howe (born January 10, 1937) is an American historian who specializes in the early national period of U.S. history with a particular interest in its intellectual and religious dimensions. He is Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University in England and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. He won the annual Pulitzer Prize for History in 2008 for What Hath God Wrought,[1] his most famous book. He was president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 2001 and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Historical Society. He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Weber State University in 2014.

Howe was born in Ogden, Utah and graduated from East High School in Denver. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University in 1959, magna cum laude in American History and Literature, and his Ph.D. in History at University of California, Berkeley in 1966. He has taught at Yale (1966-73), UCLA (1973-92), where he chaired of the History Department, and Oxford (1992-2002). In 2011 he spent a semester as a Visiting Professor at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He resides in Sherman Oaks, California and is married with three grown children and six grandchildren as of February 2015.

Howe's connection with Oxford University began when he matriculated at Magdalen College to read Modern History in 1960; he received the M.A. in 1965. In 1989–1990 he was Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Oxford and a Fellow of The Queen's College. In 1992 he became a permanent member of the Oxford History Faculty and a Fellow of St Catherine's College until his retirement in 2002. Brasenose College, Oxford elected him an Honorary Member of its Senior Common Room.



  1. ^ "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners: History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-25. With short biography and dustjacket description.

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