Daniel B. Thorp

Daniel B. Thorp

Daniel B. Thorp

Associate Professor in History and Associate Dean for 
Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences


Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building, Room 101
200 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061 




Department Membership



  • Comparative History of British Colonies
  • History of African Americans in Southwest Virginia
  • European Colonization and Exploration of North America

Professional Activities

  • Director, Curriculum for Liberal Education (2010-2013)
  • Chair, Department of History (2005-2010)
  • Associate Chair, Department of History (1995–2004)
  • Staff, University Honors
  • Colonial America, Co-Consultant Editor, 1998


  • Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A. The Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A. Davidson College

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013

    Advancing Women Award, 2006

    Fulbright Scholar, New Zealand, 2002

    Selected Publications


    Facing Freedom: An African American Community in Virginia from Reconstruction to Jim Crow (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017).

    Lewis and Clark: An American Journey (New York, 1998).

    The Moravian Community in Colonial North Carolina: Pluralism on the Southern Frontier (Knoxville, TN, 1989).


    The Digital History Reader, http://www.dhr.history.vt.edu/ Co-authored with Tom Ewing, (Project Director), C. Edward Watson, Robert Stephens, Marian Mollin, David Hicks, Hayward "Woody" Farrar, Mark V. Barrow, Jr., Kathleen Jones, and Daniel Thorp. 2006


    “Soldiers, Servants, and Very Interested Bystanders: Montgomery County’s African American Community During the Civil War,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 126 (2018), 379-421.

    “Cohabitation Registers and the Study of Slave Families in Virginia,” Slavery & Abolition, vol. 37 (2016), 744-760 (DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2016.1174518 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2016.1174518]).

    “The Beginnings of African American Education in Montgomery County,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 121 (2013), 315-45.

    “New Zealand and the American Civil War,” Pacific Historical Review, vol. 80, no. 1 (February 2011), 97-130.

    “Going Native in New Zealand and America: Comparing the Experiences of Pakeha Maori and White Indians,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History,  vol. 31,  no. 3 (September 2003), 1-23.

    "Equals of the King: The Balance of Power in Early Acadia," Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, vol. XXV (Spring 1996), 3-17.

    Sponsored Research

    Co-Principal Investigator, “Developing an Interpretive Plan of African American History for the Log Building at Solitude,” Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2015

    Co-Principal Investigator, “The History Survey Online: Digital Resources for European and U.S. History,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Exemplary Education Project 2003-05

    Co-Principal Investigator, “Putting American History Online: The Next Phase,” Center for Innovation in Learning, Virginia Tech, 2002–03

    Additional Information

    Current Research: Acadia during the 17th century