Cadra McDaniel Profile

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  • Department: Humanities
  • Assistant Professor of History and Liberal Studies
  • Room: FH-217b

Cadra Peterson McDaniel is an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and History. Dr. McDaniel earned her Ph.D. in History with an emphasis in Russian, Soviet, and post-Soviet culture and politics. She is the Coordinator for the Master of Science in Liberal Studies 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 including “Russia’s Arctic Strategy: An Analysis of the Role of Diplomatic, Cooperative, and Domestic Policies,” published by The Arctic Institute: Center for Circumpolar Security Studies.  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 and engage freely in detailed discussions linking these readings to course themes. Moreover, students craft research projects utilizing historical and interdisciplinary research methods.