Military History Instructor

Dr. Daniel Krebs


Daniel Krebs is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville, Ky., where his research and teaching focuses on Military & Early American history. Originally from Germany, he joined the History Department at the University of Louisville in 2007. He specializes in military history and colonial & revolutionary American history.

His research focuses on the question of how warfare shaped colonial and revolutionary America and the Atlantic world. His first book, entitled A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War during the American Revolution (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), studied the daily life of common German prisoners of war during the American War of Independence. He has also published articles in journals such as the Journal of Military History or the Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift.He has begun work on his second book, focused on the life of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan – the Old Wagoner – and the rise of the American West.

He earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2007. In Spring 2010, he was Donald L. Saunders Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, R.I. His dissertation was awarded the 2008 Parker-Schmitt Dissertation Award for the Best Dissertation in European History by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association. In 2005 - 2006, he was the Society of the Cincinnati and Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

He served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History, as member and chair of the Planning & Budget Committee in the College of Arts & Sciences, and as member and co-chair of the Tuition and Fee Setting Task Force at the University of Louisville. In 2016, he received Provost's Award for Exemplary Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Louisville.

He teaches various undergraduate and graduate courses:

Next to his academic employment, he serves as a reserve officer in the German Army. Current rank: Lieutenant Colonel (Nato Rank Code: OF-4). Unit: German Armed Forces Command USA & CAN, Reston, Va. Role: Human Resource/Personnel Operations Officer.