Daniel Immerwahr

Post-doctoral Research Scholar, Committee on Global Thought

Columbia University

Daniel Immerwahr earned his Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the role of the United States in the developing world. He is currently preparing a book on the history of community development, as both a foreign aid strategy and a domestic anti-poverty strategy, in the mid-century decades. In fall 2012, he joined the history faculty of Northwestern University.

His research has centered around three themes: the history of the United States in the world, intellectual history, and the history of capitalism. In addition, he is interested in the methodological aspects of teaching and writing history. His dissertation was entitled "Quests for Community: The United States, Community Development, and the World, 1935-1965" and is now being revised as a book manuscript. He is also working on a second project about U.S. power in the Pacific, particularly in relation to its territories and occupied zones, in the 1940s.

His recent publications include "Polanyi in the United States: Peter Drucker, Karl Polanyi, and the Midcentury Critique of Economic Society," Journal of the History of Ideas (2009), translated into Japanese and published in Gendai shiso (2010); "The Fact/Narrative Distinction and Student Examinations in History," The History Teacher (2008); "Caste or Colony?: Indianizing Race in the United States," Modern Intellectual History (2007), reprinted in India in Bheem Patrika as a three-part series, commencing with the June 2012 issue; "The Politics of Architecture and Urbanism in Postcolonial Lagos, 1960-1986," Journal of African Cultural Studies (2007); "History and the Sciences," co-authored with Philip Kitcher, in Action, Art, History: Engagements with Arthur Danto, eds. Daniel Herwitz and Michael Kelly (2007), to be reprinted in Explanation in the Special Sciences: The Case of Biology and History, eds. Andreas Hutterman, Oliver Scholz, and Marie I. Kaiser.