My name is W. Caleb McDaniel. I’m an associate professor of history at Rice University and a scholar of the nineteenth-century United States. I am also the faculty magister at Duncan College, the newest of Rice’s eleven residential colleges.

On this site you can find my CV and publications, occasional posts on my current research and teaching, and some geeky computer hacks.


Feel free to email me at or send me snail mail at my department. I also tweet, pin, git, and LibraryThing.

I have just finished a book (forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2019) about Henrietta Wood, who won a nineteenth-century case of restitution for slavery. The book was supported by a 2016-2017 Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


My first book, The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists and Transatlantic Reform, was published by LSU Press in May 2013. It was awarded the 2014 Merle Curti Award for best book in American intellectual history, and a James H. Broussard First Book Prize from SHEAR.

You can read the introduction online for free, purchase the book from Amazon in hardcover or paperback, or download from Project Muse.

You can also listen to an interview about the book on the New Books in American Studies podcast. Links to additional reviews and coverage are available on my Pinboard page.

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