History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Daniel Gifford

Daniel Gifford

Daniel Gifford

Assistant Professor

U.S. History: American popular and visual culture, holidays and leisure, advertising, fairs and expositions

Daniel Gifford is a term assistant professor and course coordinator at George Mason University where he oversees a required "American Cultures" course for INTO George Mason's first-year international students.  He is also an alumnus of the Department of History and Art History where he received both his Masters and Ph.D. His course offerings through the Department have included "American History through its Holidays" and "Travel and Tourism in America's 20th Century."

Dr. Gifford is an accomplished historian, professor, author, and advocate for public history. His career spans academia, museum curation and administration (including several years with the Smithsonian Institution), public history outreach, and both print and online publishing. His first book, American Holiday Postcards 1905-1915: Imagery and Context, was published by McFarland Press in 2013, and examines deep divides at the height of the Progressive Era as expressed through holidays and holiday imagery. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on American culture, including the history of American holidays; philanthropy and charity in America; the evolution of environmental advocacy; and popular culture in American history. His expertise has been featured in numerous interviews and articles including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, Slate Magazine, Time, Bloomberg L.P., Cronkite News, Pacific Standard, and Smithsonian Magazine.