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Darryl Mace, PhD

Darryl Mace, PhD

Professor and Chair, History and Political Science

Darryl Mace, PhD, has created classes in which students analyze their values and beliefs in ways that help them to strengthen their sense of self.

To keep students engaged in the classroom, Mace uses art, music, poetry, and fiction to show the humanity of his subject matter. Yet he realizes the potential for students to get lost in the breadth of historical facts.

He takes his teaching cues from his own past educators, remembering a particular teacher who described in great detail how his family, who lived through the Depression, World War II, and the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., coped with tragic historical moments.

Since that struck a chord with him, Mace makes a point to add a human angle to all of his lessons.

He has presented his work at many conferences, including:

  • The American Historical Association Annual Meeting
  • The Murder of Emmett Till and the Struggle for Civil Rights Conference
  • The National Faith, Justice, and Civil Engagement Conference
  • The Council of Independent Colleges Performance Task Conference
  • The Annual James A. Barnes Conference

He also has presented locally for various societies and religious organizations, and he recently served as the scholar-in-residence at The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall in Milford, Conn.

Mace has received research grants from several organizations, including the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, the Hamilton Family Foundation, and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation.

In 2013, Mace Received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

A former bibliographer for the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Mace has published several scholarly works, including:

  • review articles in the Journal of African American History
  • a chapter in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America
  • “Foregrounding Relationships: Using Deliberative Dialogue and Engaged Justice in a Living and Learning Community” in the Journal of College and Character (May 2012) with Nicholas Rademacher, PhD, and Nancy Watterson, PhD

Mace earned bachelor's degrees in history and speech communications from Pennsylvania State University, and a graduate certificate in women's studies and a doctoral degree from Temple University.

Area of Expertise

Colonial race and gender, antebellum slavery, and 20th Century black history; African history, United States southern history, and African American history; U.S. civil rights historiography and race-relations historiography


Awards and Recognitions

  • Received the Lindback Award for Distringuished Teaching (2013)

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