Kirt von Daacke is associate professor of history and an assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia whose research focuses on social constructions of race, social hierarchies, and identity in 18th- and 19th-century America.
Daacke is especially fascinated with studying the complex interplay of race and culture in the antebellum South. His 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. He has begun research for a second book-length project examining the history of a nineteenth century interracial island fishing community in coastal Maine. Additionally, he is co-chairing the UVa President’s Commission on Slavery and the University.