Daniel Prosterman

Associate Professor of History and Race and Ethnicity Studies Coordinator

Dr. Daniel Prosterman is originally from Chattanooga, TN. He later moved to Chicago, IL, and then to New York, and now he resides here in Winston-Salem. He is thrilled to teach at Salem College and to play a role in continuing the tradition of excellence in education for which Salem is known. He chose Salem because the small classes and dedicated faculty offer an energetic and supportive environment in which all students are encouraged to participate, thereby developing skills that will benefit them throughout their academic and professional careers.

Dr. Prosterman is a world traveler. He has traveled to seventeen countries and speaks four languages (some far better than others). He recently presented his research in Dublin, Ireland, and London, England, and he is eager to visit Japan in the future.

His research investigates the practice of democracy in the United States and throughout the world, with a focus on the ways in which people mobilize to further democracy in their countries. His first book, Defining Democracy: Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Power in New York City, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

As director of the Salem Signature Program, Dr. Prosterman has the opportunity to advise students throughout their academic careers. He also serves as the faculty advisor to Salem’s chapter of CHANGE, and he directs independent research projects, supervises internships, and guides students through the graduate school application process.

Dr. Prosterman is married to a successful children’s book author, and they have a daughter who has been roaming the campus since before she could walk. They also have one cat and an enormous dog.

When he‘s not working, Dr. Prosterman likes to learn Japanese with his daughter.

  • BS, Northwestern University; MA, PhD, New York University