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Daniel Margolies

Daniel Margolies

Professor of History and Chair of the History Department
Chair of American Studies


B.A., Hampshire College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Office Location: Blocker 15
Phone: 757-455-5716
Department/s: History
Personal Website

Dan Margolies is a Professor of History and Chair of the History Department and the American Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. and M.A, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. from Hampshire College.

Dr. Margolies' research specialty is American foreign relations (the U.S. in the world) and foreign relations law.  He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary work and has published widely in hsitory and in other fields.  Margolies teaches a wide variety of classes on topics such as U.S. Foreign Relations, the Civil War, Sound and Noise in American History, Space and Place in the Global USA, Globalization and Empire, Old and New South, the nineteenth century, and radicalism and violence in American history. He also teaches courses on various aspects of Asian (particularly Korean) history, on Appalachian traditional music, Texas-Mexican conjunto music, and on the history and practice of beekeeping.

Dr. Margolies has twice been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the School of Law, University of California, Berkeley (2009 and 2016), as well as a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Lecturer at Sogang University in Korea (2007-2008), and a Faculty Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulaanbaatar (2010). He serves on the board for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Honam University, Gwangju, Korea. 

Professor Margolies' second book is Spaces of Law in American Foreign Relations: Extradition and Extraterritoriality in the Borderlands and Beyond, 1877-1898 (University of Georgia Press, 2011).

His first book was Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization, published in 2006 by the University Press of Kentucky. He publishes regularly on Conjunto music and old time Southern fiddle and banjo music.

His edited volume A Companion to Harry S. Truman was published by Blackwell in 2012.

Dr. Margolies is currently working on three book projects: He first is a book project called Zones of Sovereignty and Exception: Jurisdiction in United States Foreign Trade Strategies through the Law of the Sea Conventions. This book is a study of jurisdictional, regulatory, and spatial reordering of trade and resource regimes in United States foreign relations between the 1840s and the 1960s.

Margolies is currently editing a book titled Empires, Standards, and Exceptions: Legal Histories of Extraterritoriality along with a team of editors (Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, and Ntina Tzouvala). This book will be published by Routledge.

In his ethnomusicological work, his current book project is titled Conjunto Music: Sustaining a Texas Tradition. This interdisciplinary book is the first exploration of contemporary conjunto music culture in Texas to situate the broader significance of conjunto in terms of both Tejano cultural geography and ethnomusicological theory relating to cultural sustainability and Intangible Cultural Heritage issues. 

His article "Latino Migrant Music and Identity in the Borderlands of the New South." was awarded the 2010 Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of American Culture. He was a member of the first Society of Ethnomusicology- National Endowment for the Humanities Institute at Wesleyan University in June, 2011.


Editor, Companion to Harry S. Truman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Spaces of Law in American Foreign Relations: Extradition and Extraterritoriality in the Borderlands and Beyond, 1877-1898. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011). 

Henry Watterson and the New South:  The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization.  (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2006),

Book Chapters:

“Taxonomy of the Blue Ridge Taco: The Consumption of Culture in a Globalized Appalachia” in Lora Smith
and Gillian Berkowitz, eds., Contemporary Appalachian Foodways, (forthcoming, Athens: Ohio
University Press, 2018)

“Reimagined Old Time Music Cultures in the Trainhopping Punk Rock South,” in Shawn Chandler Bingham and Lindsey Freeman, eds., The Bohemian South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

“Spatiality, Jurisdiction, and Sovereignty in Early Latin American Approaches to the Law of the Sea,” in Jaime Moreno Tejada and Bradley Tatar, eds., Transnational Frontiers of Asia and Latin America since 1800 (New York: Routledge, 2016), 85-97.

“Ethnographic and Folkloristic Study of Popular Culture,” in Gary Burns, ed., A Companion to Popular Culture ( Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), 49-62.

“Trade, Finance, and Globalization (1980s-present),” in Thomas Zeiler and Robert Wright, eds., The CQ Guide to U.S. Economic Policy (CQ Press/Sage Publications, 2014): 243-255.

Peer Reviewed Articles: History

“Introduction: Sovereignty and World History” (co-authored with issue co-editor H. Robert Baker), World History Bulletin XXIX: 1 (Spring, 2013)

“’Factors of Universal Commerce:’ Bonded Warehousing and the Spatialities of Mid-Nineteenth Century American Foreign Trade Policy,” World History Bulletin XXIX: 1 (Spring, 2013): 19-25.

“Taquerias and Tiendas in the Blue Ridge:  Viewing the Transformation of Space in a Globalized Appalachia,” Appalachian Journal 39: 3-4 (Spring-Summer 2012).

“’The Ill-defined Fiction of Extraterritoriality’ and Sovereign Exception in Late Nineteenth Century U.S. Foreign Relations” Southwestern Law Review 40 (2011): 574-603.

Peer Reviewed Articles: Ethnomusicology and Folklore

Música, Muerte, y Jaripeo: Sound, Gender, and Violence in Diasporic Mexican Rodeo Videos,” Music and Sound in American Culture Special Issue, Journal of American Culture 38: 1 (March, 2015): 63-75.

“Introduction: Music and Sound in American Culture,” Journal of American Culture 38: 1 (March, 2015): 1-3. Acted as special guest editor of this issue

 “Transmission of Conjunto Music in the 21st Century,” International Journal of Intangible Heritage 6:2 (2011): 26-33.   Published in both English and Korean

 “Voz de Pueblo Chicano: Sustainability, Teaching, and Intangible Cultural Transfer in Conjunto Music,” Journal of American Culture 34:1 (March, 2011): 36-48.

“Conjunto as Sustainable Music,” Tonantzin: Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2010.

 “Latino Migrant Music and Identity in the Borderlands of the New South,” Journal of American Culture 32:2 (June, 2009): 114-125.

Awarded the 2010 Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article in the Journal of American Culture in 2009 by the American Culture Association

“Sé Que Voy a Regresar:  Migrant Music and Globalization in the Nuevo South,” American Studies 31:1 (May, 2008): 1-24.   

Digital Scholarship:

“Latinization of Southern Place and Space,” multimedia project permanently hosted by the Tocqueville Seminar and Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond,

 Other Writings:

Discography of San Antonio Conjunto Labels,” ARSC, Association for Recorded Sound Collections Newsletter, 137 (Spring, 2015).

“Isolationism as Rhizome,” Review of Christopher McKnight Nichols. Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011) Reviews in American History 40:4 (December, 2012): 661-667.

“A Call to Broaden the Reach of SHAFR through the Social Sciences Research Network,” Passport: The Newsletter of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (March, 2010).

“Tradition, History, and Music in a Globalized Perspective, or, Considering Banjos and Kayagums in Seoul,” The Korea Fulbright Review (2008): 25-29

Reprinted as “Tradition, History, and Music in a Globalized Perspective,” in Korea Fulbright Infusion Magazine 1 (2008): 24-28.

“Robert E. Lee: Heroic, But Not the Polio Vaccine,” Review of Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters (New York: Viking, 2007); Reviews in American History 35:3 (2007): 385-392. (3500 words)

U.S. Foreign Relations; U.S. History; Extradition; Spatiality; Conjunto Music


Tues. 11 a.m.-1  p.m.

Thurs. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Notes: Office hours may vary. Also available by appointment.

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HIST250*01 Tpcs: Sound & Noise Am Histor


HIST250*01 Tpc:Sound & Noise in US Hist


HIST325*01 Radclism,Terrism,Violnc Am Hi