Department of History

David Pace

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of History


  • B.A. at Rice University, 1966
  • M.A. at Rice University, 1968
  • M. Phil. at Yale University, 1970
  • Ph.D. at Yale University, 1973

Contact Information

Ballantine Hall, Rm. 742
(812) 855-7581


David Pace

Early in my career I specialized in modern European intellectual and cultural history, and my first book dealt with the history of Western visions of non-Western peoples, as reflected in the writings of the influential French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. My own involvement in campaigns to control nuclear weapons next led me to spend several years studying the initial French reactions to the atomic bomb and to nuclear energy. At the same time I developed a number of courses that I love teaching, and it became increasingly important to me to explore new ways to help students master history. The appearance of a new field in academia, the scholarship of teaching and learning in the mid-1990s, gave me the opportunity to work with other historians throughout the world to study how students learn. Since 1998 I have also had the great pleasure of serving as the co-director of the I.U. Freshman Learning Project, a program that helps faculty across the campus develop new ways of overcoming bottlenecks to learning in large introductory classes.

Selected Awards

  • American Historical Association's Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Fellow, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award in Recognition of Distinguished Teaching
  • P.A. Mack Award

Research Interests

  • Modern European intellectual and cultural history
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • History of war and peace
  • History of the future

Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights


Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Bearer of Ashes. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, l983. [co-Authored with Sharon Pugh] Studying for History. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1995


"Old Wine—New Bottles; Hiroshima, the Manhattan Project, and the Image of Science in Post-War France." French Historical Studies. 17, no. 1 (Spring 1991): 38-61.

"The Amateur in the Operating Room: History and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning." American Historical Review. 109, no. 4 (October 2004)

[co-edited with Joan Middendorf] "Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking" (New Directions in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 98 (Fall 2004)

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