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Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History: Daniel Richter

September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05


Daniel Richter has been appointed the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History in the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Richter is also Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. His research and teaching focus on Colonial 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 and The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World. His latest book, Before the Revolution, will be published by Harvard University Press in early 2011. He is currently in residence at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, conducting research for a study of English colonization in the late seventeenth century.

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 Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History is the first of three chairs created by the Board of Trustees from the lifetime gifts and estates of Drs. Nichols.

Dr. Roy Nichols, who served Penn from 1925 until 1966, was a professor of history, dean of graduate studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, and vice provost of the University.  Dr. Jeannette Nichols, a research associate and associate professor of history, began her association with Penn in 1950.  She continued her work after her husband’s death in 1973 until her own death in 1983. The trustees established this chair in 1983 with a gift to Penn from the Nichols’ estate.

Almanac - September 28, 2010, Volume 57, No. 05