Faculty Profile: Dr. Donald A. Yerxa

Professor Emeritus (department chair)  History Department


Dr. Donald A. Yerxa

Contact Information


phone: 617-847-5813
campus phone: 5813
Old Colony Campus, 105


Biographical Notes

  • Professor Yerxa, who was graduated from ENC in 1972 and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maine, has taught at ENC since 1977. In May 2009, the College awarded him emeritus status. He continues to teach on a regular but limited basis in the History Department and remains the director of the Pre-Law Program at ENC. He is the author of two books on Anglo-American naval history and scores of articles, essays, and interviews on historical and interdisciplinary topics. He is the coauthor of Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) with Karl Giberson. Professor Yerxa has edited seven volumes in the University of South Carolina Press series, Historians in Conversation, and is also editor of British Abolitionism and the Question of Moral Progress in History, published by the same press in 2012. From 2001 through 2010, Professor Yerxa served as assistant director and then co-director of The Historical Society, a professional historical organization of 1000 members based at Boston University. He is a senior editor of the Society’s flagship journal Historically Speaking, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. He is also director of the Society’s Religion & Innovation in Human Affairs Grants Program, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. He is also editor of Fides et Historia, the journal of the Conference on Faith and History, and a contributing editor for Books & Culture. Professor Yerxa was a recipient of the ENC Teaching Excellence Award in 1995 and 2009; the ENC Professional Achievement Award in 1999, 2002, and 2006; and the Alumni Achievement Award in 2004. He lives with his wife in Weymouth, MA.


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