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Daniel Immerwahr

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Berkeley, 2011
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Global History; American History, Since 1900

Thematic Field(s):  Economic and Labor History; War and Empire in History; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Principal Research Interest(s):  Twentieth-century US foreign relations; global history; United States empire; history of capitalism


Daniel Immerwahr (Ph.D., Berkeley, 2011) is an associate 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. It won the Merle Curti Award in Intellectual History from the Organization of American Historians and the Society for U.S. Intellectual History's annual book award. His second book, How to Hide an Empire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), tells the history of the United States with its overseas territory included in the story. That book was a national bestseller and a New York Times critic's choice for one of the best books of 2019. Immerwahr's writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, the Washington Post, The New Republic, The Nation, Dissent, Jacobin, and Slate, 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

  • Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, 2017-18.
  • 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.
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