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First Name
Last Name
Marietta College
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British History, Travel Literature, Dark Tourism, History of Race-Sex-Gender, History and Harry Potter
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About Me

Kathryn N. McDaniel, Ph.D., is Andrew U. Thomas Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She received her BA from Davidson College and MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. A British historian specializing in the intersections of popular culture and history, she has published and presented on travel literature, historical themes in fantasy fiction, and pedagogy. Her most recent book is the edited volume Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads. She is also the co-editor of Harry Potter for Nerds II and hosts the podcast “Reading, Writing, Rowling” on

Recent Publications
  • Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads, ed. Kathryn N. McDaniel, Palgrave Series on Cultural Heritage and Conflict (New York: Palgrave, 2018). [Chapter 1: “Introduction to Virtual Dark Tourism: Disaster in the Space of the Imagination”; Chapter 4: “Through the Looking Glass Darkly: The Convergence of Past and Present in Connie Willis’s Time Travel Novels”; Afterword: “Where is Virtual Dark Tourism Going?”]
  • Harry Potter for Nerds II, ed. Kathryn McDaniel and Travis Prinzi (Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2015). [“Introduction: Muggle Magic”; “Chapter 4: The Real House-Elves of J.K. Rowling: The Elfin Mystique Revisited”; “Chapter 14: Dumbledore’s Army and the White Rose Society: Youth Justice Movements in the Wizarding World and Nazi Germany”]
  • Kathryn N. McDaniel, “Dumbledore’s Uncertain Past: A Harry Potter Approach to Evaluating Sources,” Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy 5(1) (Spring 2018).
  • Historical Thinking Builds Bridges: Reflections on Otherness Then, Now, and Yet-to-Come,” Teaching History (April 2016).
  • Kathryn N. McDaniel, “Commemorating the Christmas Truce: A Critical Thinking Approach for Popular History,” The History Teacher (November 2015).
  • Kathryn N. McDaniel, “Learning from the Local: Finding and Using the Research Potential in Your Own Backyard,” National Teaching and Learning Forum (September 2014).
  • Kathryn N. McDaniel, “Read Long and Prosper: 5 Do’s and Don’ts for Preparing Students for College,” The Clearing House (February 2014).
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Museums, Pedagogy, Race, Science, Sexuality, Women, World War I