Cadra McDaniel Profile

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Dr. Cadra McDaniel

  • Department: Humanities
  • Chair, Humanities, Associate Professor of History
  • Room: HH-204L

Cadra Peterson McDaniel is an Associate Professor of History. Dr. McDaniel earned her Ph.D. in History with an emphasis in Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet culture and politics. She is the Chair of the Department of Humanities, the Coordinator for the M. A. History Program, and the faculty sponsor for Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society. Her research focuses on Russian and European foreign affairs and culture in the late 19th century, 20th century, and 21st century. Among her publications is the book, American-Soviet Cultural Diplomacy: The Bolshoi Ballet’s American Premiere. She has also published peer-reviewed articles that examine Russian culture and politics. Currently, she is researching the intersection of the visual arts and politics in late tsarist Russia. Dr. McDaniel aims for students to understand the power of historical perceptions to shape leaders’ domestic and international policies and to influence citizens’ views of current events. Students analyze primary documents and scholarly monographs; engage freely in detailed discussions linking readings to course themes; and craft research projects utilizing historical research methods.