Gary Darden

Associate Professor of History & Chair


Courses Taught

  • Civil War & Reconstruction: 1840s-1877
  • Birth of Modern America: 1877-1929
  • America in the Age of Reform: 1929-1968
  • Contemporary America: 1968-Present
  • America and the Cold War: 1945-1991
  • U.S. as a Continental Power: 1600s-1900
  • U.S. as a Global Power in the 20th Century
  • World History II: 1500-present
  • Pacific Worlds (with study abroad to East Asia)
  • Seminar: Race & Empire
  • Western Front in World War I (summer study abroad at Wroxton College)
  • Western Front in World War II (summer study abroad at Wroxton College)

Study Abroad

  • Thailand (2016)
  • England, France & Belgium (2015)
  • Spain (2014)
  • England & France (2013, 2011)
  • Vietnam & Cambodia (2012)
  • Japan (2010)
  • China (2008)

Research Interests

Prof. Darden's research examines modern American politics from the Civil War through the 20th century, with particular attention to concepts of race and development in a comparative context, political reform movements, and the relationship of the state to society. He wrote the text for The American Soldier, a catalog book that accompanies a major photo exhibit touring the U.S.


  • Ph.D., History, Rutgers University (New Jersey)
  • M.A., History, Southern Methodist University (Texas)
  • B.A., History, Hampden-Sydney College (Virginia)

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS)
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
  • Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (AHA)
  • World History Association (WHA)
  • Economic & Business Historical Society (EBHS)
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)
  • Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA)


  • 2016 Becton College Teacher of the Year, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • 2012 Fall Sabbatical "Faculty in Residence" at Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England
  • 2010 EOF Academic Achievement Award: Outstanding Faculty
  • 2010 Student Government Association's Maddy Award: Auditor's Choice for Outstanding Faculty



Dr. Gary Darden
Department Chair
Tel: 973-443-8727

Department of Social Sciences and History
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-MS3-02
Madison, NJ 07940

Fairleigh Dickinson University Mansion
Office Location
Room 31 (3rd floor)

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Interviewer & Moderator with Ken Burns


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Machu Pichu, Peru


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Teotihuacan, Mexico


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Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia


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17th Parallel, Vietnam


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Angkor Wat, Cambodia


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On the Great Wall of China



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