Faculty and Staff

Daniel Margolies

Professor of History


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

Office Location: Blocker 15
Phone: 757-455-5716
Email: dmargolies@vwc.edu
Department/s: History
Personal Website

Dan Margolies is a Professor of History and Coordinator of the History Department. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. 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, and he teaches a wide variety of classes on topics such as 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, and on the history and practice of beekeeping.

Dr. Margolies has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Lecturer at Sogang University in Korea, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Faculty Fellow at the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulaanbaatar. 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.

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 two book projects: one is a book project called Zones of Sovereignty and Exception: United States Foreign Trade Strategies since the Mid-Nineteenth Century. 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. His other 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.  ?


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:

“Reimagined Old Time Music Cultures in the Trainhopping Punk Rock South,” in Shawn Chandler Bingham and Lindsey Freeman, eds., The Bohemian South (by invitation, submitted and forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

“Ethnographic and Folkloristic Study of Popular Culture,” in Gary Burns, ed., A Companion to Popular Culture (invited chapter, in press, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

“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, http://tocqueville.richmond.edu/Latinization/index.php

 Other Writings:

“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)


Tpcs: Sound & Noise Am Histor


Tpc:Sound & Noise in US Hist;Senior Thesis Seminar;Bees and Beekeeping;Tpc:Am Buddhism in Global Age;Globalization & Empire Am His;First Year Experience;Peer Advising



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