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Daniel Richter

Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History

Daniel K. Richter is the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his research and teaching focus on colonial North America and on Native American history before 1800. Prior to joining the Penn faculty, he taught at Dickinson College and the University of East Anglia, and he has been a visiting professor at Columbia University. Richter is author of Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America (Harvard University Press, 2001) and The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization (University of North Carolina Press, 1992), and he is co-editor, with James H. Merrell, of Beyond the Covenant Chain: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800 (Syracuse University Press, 1987; rev. ed. Penn State University Press, 2003) and, with William A Pencak, of Friends and Enemies in Penn’s Woods: Indians, Colonists, and the Racial Construction of Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press, 2004). His scholarly articles have appeared in American Indian Quarterly, Ethnohistory, The Journal of American History, The Journal of the Early Republic, Pennsylvania History, Reviews in American History, The William and Mary Quarterly, and several collaborative volumes, including The Oxford History of the British Empire (1998). He is currently completing a general-interest history of North America before 1750, under contract with HarperCollins publishers.