William A. Dunning Biography

William A. Dunning (May 12, 1857–August 25, 1922) received his PhD from Columbia in 1885 and continued to teach there. His most enduring work was in the field of European intellectual history, particularly the three volume History of Political Theories, Ancient and Medieval (1902). However, he is also noted for writings and the students he directed in the history of the Reconstruction in the United States. In works like Reconstruction, Political and Economic, 1865–1877, he helped to ratify the unification of North and South on principles of white supremacy (as noted in John Hope Franklin’s Mirror for Americans: A Century of Reconstruction History).


Irish land legislation since 1845. By Prof. Wm. A. Dunning. New York: Ginn, 1892.

Essays on the civil war and reconstruction and related topics, by William Archibald Dunning. New York: Macmillan, 1898; Reprint, Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1971.

A history of political theories, ancient and mediaeval. New York, London: Macmillan, 1902.

The British Empire and the United States; a review of their relations during the century of peace following the treaty of Ghent, by William Archibald Dunning with an introduction by the Right Honourable Viscount Bryce, O.M., and a preface by Nicholas Murray Butler. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1914.

A history of political theories, from Rousseau to Spencer. New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1972.