David Dalton head shot.

David Dalton

Title: Professor of History

Teaching Focus: 19th Century American history, South

Education: B.A., Western Kentucky University, 1980; M.A., Western Kentucky University, 1982; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1991


David Dalton received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky and he holds the Elizabeth Hoyt Clark Chair of Humanities and is Professor of History at College of the Ozarks where he has taught since 1988.  

Dr. Dalton has received several fellowships, including from the Aspen Institute and the Virginia Historical Society. He has twice been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for advanced study at Yale University (Slave Narratives in 2008) and the University of Virginia (Causes and Consequences of the Civil War in 2021).

He was the recipient of the 2000 Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in College Teaching and the 2009 Eugene Charles Wittick Teaching Excellence Award and the 2018 Five-Fold Mission Award (Veteran Faculty Member) from College of the Ozarks. 

His latest publication, “‘He Died on the Field of Glory’: Felix Kirk Zollicoffer and the Confederate Defeat at Mill Springs” appeared in Confederate Generals in the Western Theater. He is currently preparing a manuscript tentatively entitled, “Blessed are the Peacemakers? The Southern Protestant Clergy and the Secession Crisis.”


Email: dalton@cofo.edu