Daniel Immerwahr Assistant Professor

Daniel Immerwahr (Ph.D., Berkeley, 2011) is an assistant professor, specializing in twentieth-century U.S. history within a global context. His first book, Thinking Small (Harvard, 2015), offers a critical account of grassroots development campaigns launched by the United States at home and abroad. He is currently writing another book, How to Hide an Empire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, forthcoming), about the United States’ overseas territories. At Northwestern, he teaches courses of U.S. foreign relations, global history, intellectual history, and the history of capitalism. His writings have appeared in Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of the History of Ideas, Dissent, n+1, and Jacobin, among other places. 

Afiiliated Programs


  • How to Hide an Empire: Geography and Power in the Greater United States (forthcoming).
  • Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development (Harvard, 2015).

Teaching Interests

Immerwahr regularly offers undergraduate courses on global history, U.S. foreign relations, and U.S. intellectual history. He has taught graduate seminars on international development, global history, modern empires, the United States’ empire, and pedagogy. Read Daniel's syllabi and teaching schedules to see what classes he is teaching this school year. 

Recent Awards and Honors

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Huntington Library, 2015–2016.
  • Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations annual award for “excellence in teaching and research in the field of foreign relations” by a younger scholar, 2015.
  • Honorable Mention for the Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations award for best dissertation on any subject in U.S. foreign relations, awarded biannually, 2013.
  • Weinberg College Award for Outstanding Freshman Advising, Northwestern University, 2013.
  • Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History, Economic History Association award for best dissertation in U.S. or Canadian History, 2012.