Daniel J. Burge

Daniel J. Burge

Adjunct Instructor


  • MA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2011
  • PhD, The University of Alabama, 2017


Research Interests


  • Western United States
  • Manifest Destiny
  • US Empire and Imperialism
  • Nineteenth-Century Humor

Course Taught

  • US Empire and Imperialism
  • The History of the American West
  • American Civilization to 1865
  • American Civilization Since 1865
  • Western Civilization to 1648
  • Western Civilization Since 1648

Recent Publications

  •  “The Partisan Humor of David Ross Locke,” in American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era (Forthcoming: Louisiana State University Press, 2020).
  • “Stealing Naboth’s Vineyard: The Religious Critique of Expansion, 1830-1855,” in Inventing Destiny: Cultural Explorations of US Expansion(Forthcoming: University Press of Kansas, 2019).
  • “Manifest Mirth: The Humorous Critique of Manifest Destiny, 1846-1858,” Western Historical Quarterly 47, no. 3 (Autumn 2016), 283-302.
  • “Senator Graves’s Speech: Dixie Bibb Graves and the Changing Conception of ‘The Southern Lady’,” The Alabama Review 66 (October 2013): 253-277.

Current Project

  • “Genocidal Jesting: The Comic Indian in US Popular Culture, 1855-1900.”

Fellowships & Awards

  • Archibald Hanna, Jr. Fellowship in American history, 2019-2020 (Yale University).
  • Charles Redd Fellowship Award in Western American History (2018).
  • New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellowship (2018-2019).
  • Archie K. Davis Fellowship from the North Caroliniana Society (2018-2019).
  • Mellon Research Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society (2017-2018).
  • Scholarly Research Fellowship from the Kentucky Historical Society (2018).

Presentations & Panels

  • “Are We Descended from Puritans or Pagans?: New England’s Critique of Manifest Destiny.” Research Presentation at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Massachusetts, May 23, 2018.
  • “The Critique of Conquest: Kentucky and the Expansion of the United States, 1848-1871.” Research Presentation at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Kentucky, March 16, 2018.
  • “Coveting Naboth’s Vineyard: The Religious Critique of Manifest Destiny.” Presentation at Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 23, 2017.
  • “Cuba, Canada, and the Fracturing of Manifest Destiny, 1850-1854.” Presentation at Dreams of Dominion: The U.S. South and Latin America, University of Alabama, March 27, 2017.
  • “Liberators or Licentious Pirates? The Portrayal of Filibusters in the 1850s.” Poster presentation at the 131st Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 7, 2017.
  • “Highway Robbery: Cuba, Filibustering, and Southern Honor,” at the Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University at Montgomery, February 5, 2016.