Dr. Daniel Prior

Daniel Prior


Associate Professor of History

Faculty Associate, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies


PhD 2002, Indiana University

MA, Indiana University

BA, Yale University

Teaching and Research Interests: 
  • Inner Asian history
  • Nomadic culture
  • Oral heroic poetry
  • Human-animal relationships
Courses Recently Taught: 
  • HST 197 World History to 1500
  • HST 230 The Mongols and Their World
  • HST 254 Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • HST 324 Eurasian Nomads and History
  • HST 400 Senior Capstone: The Horse in Human History
  • HST 436/536 Havighurst Colloquium: Ethnicity and Development in Siberia
  • HST 670 Graduate Colloquium: Tribes, States and Empires
Selected Publications: 
  • "High Rank and Power among the Northern Kirghiz: Terms and Their Problems, 1845-1864," in Paolo Sartori (ed.), Explorations in the Social History of Modern Central Asia (19th-Early 20th Century) (Brill's Inner Asian Library 29; Leiden/Boston: Brill, August 2013)
  • The Šabdan Baatır Codex: Epic and the Writing of Northern Kirghiz History, edition, translation and interpretations, with a facsimile of the unique manuscript (Brill's Inner Asian Library 28; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013
  • "Sparks and Embers of the Kirghiz Epic Tradition," Fabula 51/1-2 (2010)
  • "Travels of Mount Qāf: From Legend to 42º 0' N 79º 51'," Oriente Moderno 89/2 (2009)
  • “Heroes, Chieftains, and the Roots of Kirghiz Nationalism,” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 6/2 (2006)
  • "Tonyuquq's Humiliation and an Old Turkic Etymology," in Stéphane Grivelet, Ruth I. Meserve, Agnes Birtalan, and Giovanni Stary (ed.), The Black Master: Essays on Central Eurasia in Honor of György Kara on His 70th Birthday (Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 2005)
  • The Semetey of Kenje Kara: A Kirghiz Epic Performance on Phonograph, with a musical score and a compact disc of the phonogram; edited, translated and with an introduction and commentary (Turcologica 59; Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz), 2006
  • "Patron, Party, Patrimony: Notes on the Cultural History of the Kirghiz Epic Tradition," (Papers on Inner Asia 33; Bloomington: Indiana University, Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 2000)
  • "Bok-Murun's Itinerary Ridden: Report on an Expedition through Kirghiz Epic Geography," Central Asiatic Journal 42/2 (1998)
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Selected Grants and Awards: 
  • International and Area Studies Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies / SSRC / NEH, “History of the Northern Kirghiz Chieftains,” 2010
  • Individual Advanced Research Opportunities grant, IREX, "History of the Northern Kirghiz Chieftains," 2008
  • First Annual Indo-Eurasian Paper Prize, International Association for Comparative Mythology, 2007
  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, "History of the Northern Kirghiz chieftains," 2006-07
Work in Progress: 

Dr. Prior is currently working on two projects:  a translation of the Kirghiz epic Manas, and a comparative study of circumpolar peoples' relations with reindeer and caribou (the result of his participation in the 2012-2013 Altman Fellows program, "The Human and the Non-human: Exploring Intersections between Science and the Humanities").

Contact Information

History Department
Room 270 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 7148
Office hours: W 2:30-4:30, and by appointment