Daniel Chard

(he, him, his), Assistant Professor


I'm a historian of the United States and the world since World War II. My research, writing, and upper-level courses focus on themes of politics, social movements, and violence. I also teach more broadly on America since the Civil War and on the history of the region now known as the Pacific Northwest. At WWU, my courses include America Since 1865;  History of the Pacific Northwest; US & International Terrorism; and The United States in the Cold War. Some of my upper-level courses support WWU minors in Human Rights, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Canadian-American Studies, and Salish Sea Studies. In 2023, I was honored as recipient of Western's 2023 Ronald Kleinknecht Excellence in Teaching Award.

I am the author of Nixon’s War at Home: The FBI, Leftist Guerrillas, and the Origins of Counterterrorism, (University of North Carolina Press, 2021), and co-editor of Science for the People: Documents from America’s Movement of Radical Scientists (University of Massachusetts Press, 2018). My writing has also appeared in numerous popular and scholarly publications, including Jacobin, Washington Post, Radical History Review, and The Sixties.

I hold a PhD (2016) and MA (2011) in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in History (magna cum laude, 2008) from the University of Southern Maine.

Research Interests

  • US and the world since World War II, social movements, politics, terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Local/regional history and Indigenous research methods