Dan Ott

Dan Ott


E-mail: dott1@luc.edu
Office: Crown Center 557
Faculty Advisor: Ted Karamanski


B.A., University of Minnesota: Morris, 2008.

Research Interests

Dan studies the influence of corporate wealth on historical knowledge production from the 1880s to the 1930s. His work focuses on the efforts of McCormick Harvester and later International Harvester to gain support from the emerging historical profession for advertised narratives of the past. These corporate efforts attempted to place the company's sophisticated manufacturing and producer-goods within the canon of civilization and agrarian producerism.

He is also interested in the ways that academic and cultural institutions can play a larger roll in public education through providing professional expertise to classroom teachers in the form of workshops, program content and evaluation tools.

Awards and Fellowship

2012 Everett E. Edwards Award for best Graduate Student Submission, Agricultural History.

Teaching Assistantship, Loyola University Chicago, 2010 - 2015.


"Producing a Past: McCormick Harvester and Producer Populists in the 1890s," Agricultural History, forthcoming.

"'The Reaper is to the North...' The Genesis of a Lie, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 105 (Winter, 2012).

Conference Papers

“Producing a Past: McCormick Harvester and Producer Populists in the 1890s,” at the Mid-America Conference on History. September 2012, Springfield, MO

“Curb(side) your Enthusiasm: Squatter’s Rights on Chicago Streets,” Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association Conference, November, 2011, Chicago, IL.

“‘The Reaper is to the North…’ The Genesis of a Lie,” Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Association Conference, March, 2011, Chicago, IL.

Public History Projects

Polish Roman Catholic  Union of America, National Register of Historic Places, January 2013 - #12001114

Project "Snow Chair," Material Cultural Study and Website, Spring 2011. Presented at the Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society February 2012.

Professional Experience

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, National Park Service - Seasonal Cultural Resource Assistant, Web Content Assistant and Interpretive Park Ranger: 2011-2012

Minnesota Historical Society - Education Outreach Associate, National History Day and Library Partnership: 2009 -2010

Oliver Kelley Farm (MHS) - Historical Interpreter, 2008-2009

Immigration History Research Center (University of Minnesota) - New Media Intern / Oral Historian: 2007-2009

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