Daniel Wickberg

Associate Professor - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - American Studies
Yale University - 1993
M.S. - History
University of California at Los Angeles - 1986
B.A. - History
Reed College - 1982

Research Areas

  • American history 1607-present; Anglo-American history of ideas; cultural studies; American studies; history of social thought; nineteenth- and twentieth-century American intellectual and cultural history and historiography; historical thought and methods; interdisciplinary approaches to history.


Response to Christopher Shannon, From Histories to Traditions: A New Paradigm of Pluralism in the Study of the Past, Historically Speaking Vol. 12.1 (January 2011, forthcoming) 2011 - Publication
Is Intellectual History a Neglected Field of Study? Historically Speaking Vol. 10.4 (September 2009): 14-17, 22-24 2009 - Publication
Sensibilita, sympathy e personalita nella storia moderna Contemporanea: Rivista di storia dell'800 e del'900 Vol. 11.2 (April 2008): 285-91 2008 - Publication
Humor, Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2008) 2008 - Publication
What Is the History of Sensibilities? On Cultural Histories, Old and New, American Historical Review Vol. 112.3 (June 2007): 661-684 2007 - Publication
The Sympathetic Self in American Culture, 1750-1920 in Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past, ed. Wilfred McClay (Eerdmans,2007) 2007 - Publication
Heterosexual White Male: Some Recent Inversions in American Cultural History, Journal of American History 92.1 (June 2005): 136-157 2005 - Publication
Review of Rudolf M. Dekker, Humour in Dutch Culture of the Golden Age, Journal of Social History (December 2003), pp. 517-18. 2003 - Publication
Review of Shelton Waldrep, ed., The Seventies: The Age of Glitter in Popular Culture, American Studies 42.2 (2001), pp. 176-77. 2001 - Publication
Humanitarianism, Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (Scribners 2001), vol. 2, pp. 689-697. 2001 - Publication


Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2002–Present]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1996–2002]
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Colgate University [1993–1996]
Part-time Acting Instructor
Yale University [1988–1988]
Teaching Fellow
Yale University [1987–1989]

Additional Information


Daniel Wickberg has taught at Yale University, Colgate University, and UT Dallas. He has expertise in the history of American social thought, modern American culture, Anglo-American intellectual history and historical thought/ historiography. Wickberg's primary long-term interests lay in the intersections between the cultural history of emotions, the history of selfhood, and the history of keywords. His first book, The Senses of Humor: Self and Laughter in American Culture, was published in 1998 by Cornell University Press. This work looks at the origins and development of the idea of the sense of humor as a personality trait and a cultural value as a way of getting at larger issues of selfhood and society in modern America. He is currently developing several projects, including a series of essays on cultural and intellectual historiography. Wickberg is also working on a book project, titled The Sympathetic Revolution: The Meaning of Sympathy in American Culture, 1750-1950. This work seeks to trace the larger cultural implications of the concept of sympathy in the United States, and to give to sympathy a centrality that ideas such as equality and individualism have had in the understanding of American culture. His essay "The Sympathetic Self in American Culture" appears in Wilfred McClay, ed., Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (Eerdman's, 2008). His work seeks to revivify an approach to cultural history that focuses on the centrality of cultural sensibilities; his essay "What is the History of Sensibilities? On Cultural Histories Old and New," a statement of that approach, appeared in the June 2007 issue of the American Historical Review. His essays and reviews have also appeared in a number of other journals, including The Journal of American History, Critical Inquiry, Intellectual History Newsletter, Journal of Social History, American Studies and Reviews in American History. 

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2005-06
  • Special Faculty Development Assignment, University of Texas at Dallas, Spring 2004
  • Yale Nominee, Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for Best Dissertation in American Studies, 1993
  • Paul C. Gignilliat Dissertation Fellowship, 1992
  • Yale Dissertation Fellowship, 1991
  • John F. Enders Dissertation Research Grant, 1988-89
  • Yale Prize Teaching Fellowship Nominee, Spring 1988
  • Yale University Fellowship, Fall 1986-Spring 1990
  • Phi Beta Kappa, May 1982
  • American History Search Committee, 2007-2008
  • Chair, University Library Committee, 2007-08
  • University Library Committee, 2006-
  • Chair, Search Committee in Chinese History, 2006-2007
  • Executive Committee, A&H, 2006-2008
  • Graduate Studies Committee, UTD 2004-2005, 2006-2007
  • American History Search Committee, UTD 2003-2004
  • Ad Hoc Tenure Review Committees, UTD 2002-2003
  • Graduate Studies Committee, UTD 2001-2003
  • University Library Committee, Vice-Chair, 2001-2003
  • Course and Curriculum Committee, UTD 2000-2001
  • Library and Teaching Resources Committee, UTD 2000-2003
  • Teaching Committee, UTD 1998-1999
  • Student Fee Committee, UTD 1997-1998
  • Course and Curriculum Committee, UTD 1997-1998
  • Arts and Humanities Graduate Program Task Force, UTD 1997-98
  • Watson Professor History Search Committee, UTD 1997-1998
  • Library and Teaching Resources Committee, UTD 1996-1999
  • American Studies Lecture Series Committee Member and Co-Chair, Yale 1986-1988