David Prior

Photo: David Prior

Associate Professor

Email: dmprior@unm.edu
Office: Mesa Vista Hall 1078


B.A. Hamilton College
M.A. University of South Carolina
Ph.D University of South Carolina

Research Interests:

Nineteenth Century United States, Civil War and Reconstruction, Nations and Nationalism, Atlantic and International History


Dr. David Prior is a historian of the 19th-century United States with an emphasis on its global connections. He has published with the Journal of Social History, Civil War History, Louisiana State University Press’s “Conflicting Worlds” series (forthcoming), and Fordham University Press’s “Reconstructing America” series, among other venues. He has organized and moderated published forums with the Journal of American History and The Journal of the Civil War Era. He is currently working on an edited collection, Reconstruction and Empire, with Fordham and is in the early stages of a book project on Reconstruction’s Transatlantic Meanings, 1840-1920. He is currently an elected Vice President of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, the largest and longest running digital forum for humanists.  He has also been involved in the University of New Mexico’s AHA-Mellon funded Career Diversity initiative, which has included being interviewed by The Chronicle of Higher Education about his recent graduate course on national identity in the United States.

Recent/Select Publications:


Between Freedom and Progress: The Lost World of Reconstruction Politics (forthcoming, LSU Press, 2019)

Editor, Reconstruction in a Globalizing World (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018).  https://www.fordhampress.com/9780823278312/reconstruction-in-a-globalizing-world/

“Introduction,” in Reconstruction in a Globalizing World, ed., David Prior (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018), 1-20

 “Reconstruction, from Transatlantic Polyseme to Historiographical Quandary,” in Reconstruction in a Globalizing World, ed. David Prior (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018), 172-208

 Moderator and editor, “Reconstruction in Public History and Memory at the Sesquicentennial: A Roundtable Discussion,” Journal of the Civil War Era, Spring 2017 and online, open access at: http://journalofthecivilwarera.org/forum-the-future-of-reconstruction-studies/reconstruction-in-public-history-and-memory-sesquicentennial-roundtable/

 Moderator and editor, “Teaching the American Civil War Era in Global Context,” Journal of the Civil War Era 5:1 (March 2015): 97-125. DOI: 10.1353/cwe.2015.0014 http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cwe/summary/v005/5.1.prior.html

 Moderator and editor, “Interchange: The History of Capitalism,” Journal of American History, (September 2014). https://academic.oup.com/jah/article/101/2/503/678964/Interchange-The-History-of-Capitalism

“After the Revolution: An Alternative Future for Atlantic History,” History Compass 12:3 (March 2014): 300-309

 “Civilization, Republic, Nation: Contested Keywords, Northern Republicans, and the Forgotten Reconstruction of Mormon Utah,” Civil War History 56:3 (September 2010): 281-308

 “’Crete the Opening Wedge’: Nationalism and International Affairs in Postbellum America,” Journal of Social History 42:3 (June 2009): 861-887


Teaching Allocation Grant, Center for Teaching Excellence, UNM, 2015

LCP-HSP Mellon Research Fellowship, 2011

Michael P. Malone Article Award, Western History Association, 2011

Leroy S. Axland Best Utah history Article award, 2011

Graduate School Fellow, University of South Carolina, 2004-2010


  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The American Civil War in Global Context
  • America and the World
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History since 1877
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • National Identity and the U.S.
  • Slavery and Abolition in the U.S.
  • Slavery, Memory, Film