Dr. David J. Dzurec


David J. Dzurec received his Ph.D from The Ohio State University in 2008. He earned his MA in History at the University of Connecticut and received his BA in History from Fairfield University.

Dr. Dzurec has served as chair of the History Department, as an officer in both the Faculty Affairs Council and the Faculty Senate, and is currently serving as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.  In 2018, he received the University of Scranton Provost's Award for  Service and Leadership.

Dr. Dzurec’s research and teaching interests focus on the early United States, American Foreign Relations, and the history of the Jesuits in the United States.  He has published articles in The Historian, War in History, The Journal of New York History, Catholic Historical Review, and The Journal of the Early Republic.  His book Our Suffering Brethren: Foreign Captivity and Nationalism in the Early United States is available from the University of Massachusetts Press.  In 2015 he served as a Fulbright Core Scholar teaching American History and Politics at Trnava University in Slovakia (you can find a copy of his cv here).  He has also served as the University of Scranton Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and the faculty mentor for the University of Scranton cross-country and track teams.

Courses Taught

  • Hist 110 History of the United States to 1877
  • Hist 111 History of the United States from 1877
  • Hist 290 The Craft of the Historian
  • Hist 311 American Revolution, 1763-1789
  • Hist 312 Early American Republic, 1789-1824
  • Hist 338 American Foreign Relations to 1900
  • Hist 339 20th Century American Foreign Relations
  • Hist 350 American Environmental History
  • Hist 490 Senior Seminar
  • First-Year Seminar: The Jesuits and American History to 1877

Selected Publications:

 “‘To Destroy Popery and Everything Appertinent Thereto’: William Chaney, the Jesuit John Bapst, and the Know-Nothings in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Maine”

 “Of Salt Mountains, Prairie Dogs, and Horned Frogs: The Louisiana Purchase and the Evolution of the Federalist Party 1803-1812”

 “Failure at Queenston Heights: The Politics of Citizenship and Federal Power during the War of 1812”

 “Prisoners of War and American Self-Image During the American Revolution”

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