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Daniel Richter: Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Chair in History
May 6, 2008, Volume 54, No. 32



Dr. Daniel K. Richter, professor in the department of history, has been appointed to the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Chair in History. Dr. Richter is also Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (Almanac January 21, 2003). His research and teaching focuses on Colonial and Revolutionary North America and on Native American history before 1800.

Dr. Richter’s books include Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America, which won the Louis Gottschalk Award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, and The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization, which received the Ray Allen Billington Prize and the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians. Dr. Richter’s scholarly articles have appeared in American Indian Quarterly, Ethnohistory, The Journal of American History, The Journal of the Early Republic, Pennsylvania History, Reviews in American History, The William and Mary Quarterly, and several collaborative volumes, including The Oxford History of the British Empire. Currently, he is completing a general-interest history of North America before 1750, which is under contract with HarperCollins.

Prior to joining the Penn faculty, Dr. Richter taught at Dickinson College and the University of East Anglia, and he has been a visiting professor at Columbia University. He received his doctorate in history from Columbia University.

The Kahn term chairs were established through a bequest by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Kahn. Mr. Kahn was a 1925 Wharton graduate who had a highly successful career in the oil and natural gas industry. Louise Kahn, his wife, was a graduate of Smith College who worked for Newsweek and owned an interior design firm. The couple contributed to many programs and projects at Penn, including Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, the Modern Languages College House, and other initiatives and scholarships in the humanities.




Almanac - May 6, 2008, Volume 54, No. 32