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Daryl Sasser

Director of the Iowa History Center and Assistant Professor of History
After decades of being in a classroom as a student and a teacher I slowly realized that the accumulation of knowledge is less important than the relationships built between the people who are in pursuit of elusive truths. Discovering new information and constructing interpretations of the past are satisfying and valuable, but lasting rewards come from the connections made between fellow students of history. Simpson is a great place for me because the students and my colleagues give me the freedom to pursue my interests and teach what I want, the way I want. This freedom ultimately creates a positive educational experience beneficial to everyone involved in the endeavor.



  • History as Practice and Theory
  • History of Christianity
  • History of North American Environment
  • The Puritans of New England


  • B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
  • M.A. in American Studies from the University of Southern Maine in Portland
  • Ph.D. in History from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia