Daniel S. Loss, PhD

Lecturer in History & Literature at Harvard University


Academic Positions

Lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies in History & Literature, Harvard University - 2013 to the present

Brown-Wheaton Faculty Fellow, History Department, Wheaton College (MA) - Spring 2013


Brown University, Ph.D., History, 2013.  A.M. 2008
Dissertation: "The Afterlife of Christian England, 1944-1994"
Committee: Deborah Cohen (chair, Northwestern University), Peter Mandler (University of Cambridge), Maud Mandel (Brown University)
Graduate fields: Modern Britain, Modern Europe, Colonial South Asia

University of Cambridge, Christ's College, M.Phil., Modern European History, 2005

Swarthmore College, B.A., Double major in History and Linguistics, High Honors, 2004



Journal Article

"The Institutional Afterlife of Christian England", Journal of Modern History 89 (forthcoming in spring 2017).

Book in Progress

The Afterlife of Christian England - Revised version of Ph.D. dissertation.  Research completed for two new chapters.  Completion of manuscript by end of 2016.

Book Review

Review of Clive D. Field, Britain's Last Religious Revival? Quantifying Belonging, Behaving, and Believing in the Long 1950s, Church History and Religious Culture 96, no. 3 (2016): 480-482.

Awards and Fellowships

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Bok Center for Teaching & Learning, Harvard University, Spring & Fall 2015
Research Grant, Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, 2013
Fellowship, Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies, 2012
William G. McLoughlin Grant, Brown History Department, 2012
Constant H. Jacquet Research Award, Religious Research Association, 2011
Stern Travel Grant, North American Conference on British Studies, 2011
Research Travel Grant, Brown University Graduate School, 2011
Student Research Grant, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2010-2011
Overseas Student Bursary, Cambridge Overseas Trust, 2004-2005
Joshua W. Lippincott Fellowship for Graduate Study, Swarthmore College, 2004-2005
Gundaker Foundation Graduate Grant, 2004-2005
Distinguished Senior History Essay, Department of History, Swarthmore College, 2004

Invited Talks

"The Institutional Afterlife of Christian England", Modern British History Seminar, Columbia University, 4 November 2013.

“The ‘Soft Establishment’ of Christianity in Postwar England,” British Study Group, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 26 April 2012.

Conference Presentations

Chair and discussant for panel on "Do We Live in a Secular Age? Reports on Religion from the Heartlands of Secularity," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 2016.

“Ritual Murder: Popular Reactions to Anglican Liturgical Reform, 1965-1980,” North American Conference on British Studies, November 2015.

“From ‘Christian nation’ to a multi-faith society: Reimagining religion in multicultural Britain,” American Historical Association. January 2015.

“Theorizing Long-Term Religious Decline in an Age of Crisis: Bryan Wilson, David Martin, and the Development of Secularization Theory,” North American Conference on British Studies, November 2014.

“From ‘Redundant churches’ to ‘an inheritance unequalled’: The aestheticization of England’s historic church buildings in the 1960s and 1970s,” Burdens: Writing British History after 1945 conference, Berkeley, CA, April 2012.

“Permissiveness, the Church of England and the Avoidance of Controversy,” North American Conference on British Studies, November 2011.

“Religious education in a ‘Christian Country’: the rise of multicultural RE in London in the 1970s,” Religion and Society in the United Kingdom (19th-21st centuries) conference at the University of Rennes 2, October 2010.

Teaching Experience

Harvard University

Britain from Core to Periphery

The Fate of Religion in "Secular Europe, 1945 to the Present

Sports and Empire

History at the Movies

Supervision of senior theses on British history and literature; topics have included the early history of the Boy Scouts, images of empire in Victorian children's literature, soldier-composers in the First World War, changing ideas of the state in twentieth-century spy novels, and the influence of japonisme on British modernism. Awards won by my students include the Noma-Reischauer Prize, the John Clive Prize, and the George B. Sohier Prize.

Wheaton College, History Department

The End of Christendom? Christianity, Politics, and Culture in Europe since the French Revolution – Spring 2013

Brown University, Department of Continuing Education

History at the Movies – Summer 2012, Summer 2013

Teaching Assistant, Brown University, History Department

North American Environmental History - Spring 2010
Politics and Culture in the United States since 1945 - Fall 2008, Fall 2009
Introduction to East Asian Civilization: Japan – Spring 2009

Pedagogical Training

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Certificate III: Professional Development Seminar – 2012
Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Certificate II: Classroom Tools Seminar – 2010
Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Certificate I: Developing a Reflective Teaching Practice – 2009


To the Profession

Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Religious History

External examiner for Bates College

To the University

Committee on Instruction, History & Literature, Harvard University - 2015-present
Co-coordinator, Brown Modern Europe Workshop – 2008-2010, 2012-2013
Brown History Department Graduate Student Liaison to the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning – 2011-2012
Organizer, Brown History Department Orientation for New Teaching Assistants – September 2011
Departmental Liaison, Brown History Graduate Student Association – 2009-2010
Presenter, “Facilitating Effective Discussions,” Brown History Department Orientation for New Teaching Assistants – September 2009
Graduate reader, Brown Journal of History (undergraduate history journal) – 2008-2010

To the Community

Judge, LaSalle Academy (Providence, RI) History Day – February 2010
Research intern, National Museum of American Jewish History – Summer 2004

Professional Affiliations

American Historical Association
North American Conference on British Studies


Reading knowledge of French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese