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History Faculty

Dr. John DalyDr. Daly

Office: 334 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5685



  • American Civil War, American religious history


  • Ph.D., M.A., Rice University, 1993 (History)
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1986 (Religious Studies/History)

Awards and Honors

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005
  • Alpha Phi Omega Professor of the Year Award, 2004
  • Honorable Mention: Annual Seaborg Award for the Best book on the Civil War (National Civil War Society), 2003
  • A.A.S.L.H. National Certificate of Commendation, 1998
  • Barbara Field Kennedy Award in American History, 1993

Courses Taught

  • U.S. History Survey (1517-1877, 1877-1990)
  • Film History
  • Religion in America: 1517 to Present
  • Civil War/Reconstruction
  • Slavery in the South
  • U.S. Thought and Culture (1517-1877, 1877-1990)
  • Southern History
  • History of Science
  • Modern World


  • "Proslavery Writing 1820-1870," in American History Through Literature, ed. Janet Gabler-Hover (New York: Scribners, 2006).
  • "1976-2002: Looking Forward, Looking Back," in United States History II (New York: Global Education Network, 2004).
  • Holy War: Southern Religion and the Civil War," North and South, Volume 6, Number 6, September 2003.
  • When Slavery Was Called Freedom: Evangelicalism, Proslavery, and the Causes of the Civil War, 1830-1865. Religion in the South Series, Number 9, (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2002).

Current Projects

  • Dr. Daly is currently researching a book on Reconstruction in the South.






Last Updated 7/31/14


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.