Daniel Krebs

Associate Professor (ON LEAVE 2022-2023)


Daniel Krebs, originally from Germany, joined the History Department 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), studies the daily life of common German prisoners of war during the American War of Independence. Recently, he also  published an article in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Military History entitled "Useful Enemies: The Treatment of 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 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 has 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:

  • History of World Civilizations Since 1450

  • American History Until Reconstruction

  • Colonial America

  • The Era of the American Revolution

  • American and U.S. Military History Since 1600

  • Studies in Western and American Military History

  • U.S. Civil War

  • Research Methods