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Daniel Walker Howe (born January 10, 1937) is an American historian who specializes in the early national period of U.S. history, with a particular interest in its intellectual and religious dimensions. He was Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University in England (from 1992 to 2002 then Emeritus)[1] and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for History for What Hath God Wrought (2007),[2] his most famous book. He was president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 2001, and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Historical Society.

Early life and education

Howe was born in Ogden, Utah, and graduated from East High School in Denver. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University in 1959, magna cum laude in American history and literature, and his Ph.D. in history at University of California, Berkeley, in 1966. Howe's connection with Oxford University began when he matriculated at Magdalen College to read modern history in 1960, receiving his M.A. in 1965.


Howe has taught at Yale University (1966–73), UCLA (1973-92), where he chaired the history department, and Oxford (1992-2002). In 2011 he spent a semester as a visiting professor at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In 1989–1990 Howe was Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford and a fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. In 1992 he became a permanent member of the Oxford history faculty and a fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford until his retirement in 2002. Brasenose College, Oxford elected him an Honorary Member of its Senior Common Room.

Awards and honors

He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Weber State University in 2014.

Personal life

He currently resides in Sherman Oaks, California, and is married with three grown children and six grandchildren as of February 2015.



  1. ^ "Professors Emeritus" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 25, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "The 2008 Pulitzer Prize Winners: History". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved November 25, 2013. With short biography and dustjacket description.