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Kirt Von Daacke

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Office location and address
202 Monroe Hall
248 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

My research centers upon social constructions of race, community social hierarchies, and identity in eighteenth and nineteenth century America. I am especially fascinated with studying the complex interplay of race and culture in the antebellum South. My first book, Freedom Has a Face: Race, Identity, and Community in Jefferson's Albemarle, 1780-1865, came out with the University of Virginia Press in 2012. I have also begun research for a second book-length project examining the history of a nineteenth century interracial island fishing community in coastal Maine. Additionally, I am very excited to be co-chairing the UVa President's Commission on Slavery and the University. Those scholarly interests grew out of my experience as an undergraduate history major here at the University of Virginia, where so many of my professors challenged and inspired me as a thinker and scholar both inside and outside the classroom. I am very excited to have returned to UVa and to have the opportunity to guide current University students as they discover and pursue their own academic interests.

AMST 1050: Slavery and Its Legacies
Credits: 3
This course examines the history of slavery and its legacy at UVA and in the central Virginia region. The course aims to recover the experiences of enslaved individuals and their roles in building and maintaining the university, and to contextualize those experiences within Southern history.
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see
AMST 1559: New Course in American Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in the subject of American Studies
HIUS 1559: New Course in United States History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of United States history.
INST 1605: History of Mr. Jefferson's University
Credits: 1
History of Mr. Jefferson's University
HIUS 2003: Slavery and Freedom at UVA and in Virginia: History and Legacies
Credits: 3
This course examines the history of slavery and its legacies at UVA and in the region, recovering the experiences of enslaved individuals and their roles in building/maintaining the university, & contextualizing those experiences within U.S. history. It also puts that history into political context, tracing the rise of sectional tensions, secession, the advent of emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, desegregation, and civil rights change.
ARCH 2500: Special Topics in Architecture
Credits: 3
Topical offerings in the subject of Architecture.
AMST 2559: New Course in American Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in subject of American Studies.
PAVS 4500: Pavilion Seminar
Credits: 3
The Pavilion Seminars are open, by instructor permission, to 3rd and 4th year students. They are 3-credit, multidisciplinary seminars, focused on big topics and limited to max. 15 students each. For detailed descriptions of current offerings, see
HIUS 4993: Independent Study in United States History
Credits: 1–3
In exceptional circumstances and with permission of a faculty member any student may undertake a rigorous program of independent study designed to explore a subject not currently being taught or to expand upon regular offerings. Independent Study projects may not be used to replace regularly scheduled classes. Enrollment is open to majors or non-majors. Note: These courses are open only to Human Biology majors.
HIST 9960: Readings in History
Credits: 3
This course is a graduate-level adaptation of an undergraduate course in history. The graduate-level adaption requires additional research, readings, or other academic work established by the instructor beyond the undergraduate syllabus.