I am a historian specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century United States foreign relations / U.S. in the world. I research, write, and teach on a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics related to the global history of the United States.

I am Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Wesleyan University, where I offer courses on U.S. history as well as selected topics in Asian history. I also serve as Chair of the American Studies program.

My historical research focuses particularly on legal aspects of international relations. I am currently writing a book examining legal spatiality related to offshore mineral extraction in the submerged lands of the continental shelf

I also publish regularly in ethnomusicology and folklore, particularly related to Texas-Mexican conjunto music. I’m involved in a number of applied ethnomusicological and public folklore projects such as the Festival of Texas Fiddling, which I founded and for which I serve as Artistic Director.

Check out the links above and feel free to contact me at dmargolies@vwu.edu

Here is a link to my (quite infrequently maintained) blog

Here are some Random Koans

This will bring you to the VWU Homepage

This will bring you to the Festival of Texas Fiddling webpage