David B. Danbom, a graduate of the Department of History at CSU (B.A. 1969) was honored in 2013 at the CSU Distinguished Alumni Awards. After receiving a history degree in 1969, Dr. Danbom pursued graduate studies at Stanford, where he received a Ph.D. in 1974. He accepted a position in the history department at North Dakota State University, where he taught until his retirement in 2010.
Dr. Danbom has written four of his six books on American agriculture and rural life. His first book, The Resisted Revolution: Urban America and the Industrialization of Agriculture, 1900 – 1930, remains one of the most cited works in the field, and Born in the Country: a History of Rural America has been characterized as “the best, most thoughtful, and most comprehensive” work of its kind. Dr. Danbom has received numerous awards for his work, and in 1990 he was elected president of the Agricultural History Society.
At North Dakota State University, Dr. Danbom won a number of awards for teaching and public service. He was named Fargo Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Professor, and in 1990 was chosen as North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He also played an active role in his community, serving on the Mayor’s Committee for Downtown Redevelopment in Fargo, and on the city’s Historic Preservation and Human Relations commissions. He also wrote more than 100 op-ed columns for the Fargo Forum newspaper.