Department of History

David Paul Nord

  • Professor, School of Journalism
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of History


  • B.A. at Valparaiso University, 1969
  • M.A. at University of Minnesota, 1972
  • Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin, 1979

Contact Information

Ernie Pyle Hall, Rm. 222A
(812) 855-0655


David Paul Nord

My research interests lie in the history of American publishing, especially journalism history and the history of the religious press. I am especially interested in the history of readers and reading. I am the author of three books, several book chapters, and articles in many journals, including Journal of American History, American Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Communication, and Journalism History.

Over the past dozen years, I have served several times as interim editor and associate editor of the Journal of American History.

For many years, I have been involved with the Center for the History of the Book in American Culture at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. I have served on the Center's Board of Overseers and am currently a volume editor on A History of the Book in America, a multi-volume project of the American Antiquarian Society and the University of North Carolina Press.

My home department at IU is the School of Journalism. I am also a member of the American Studies faculty, the Faculty Advisory Board of the Lilly Library, and of the Faculty Committee of the Individualized Major Program.

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in the history of journalism, media and society, and news reporting and writing.

Selected Awards

  • Harold L. Nelson Award, for distinguished contribution to journalism and mass communication education, given by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005)
  • Book of the Year Award, for best book in journalism or mass communication history, given by the American Journalism Historians Association (2004)
  • Catherine Covert Award, for best article of the year in mass media history, given by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 1984, 1990, and 2003.
  • Ralph D. Gray Prize for best article of the year in Journal of the Early Republic, given by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (1995)

Research Interests

  • History of journalism and religious publishing
  • History of reading and readers

Courses Recently Taught

  • J560: History and Philosophy of the Media
  • J510: Media and Society Seminar
  • J410: Media as Social Institutions

Publication Highlights


The Enduring Book: Publishing in Post War America (co-editor). Vol. 5 of A History of the Book in America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press (forthcoming).

Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America, 1790-1860. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Newspapers and New Politics: Midwestern Municipal Reform, 1890-1900. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1981.