J. David Hacker
Ph.D., 1999, University of Minnesota
U.S. Demographic and Social History, American Civil War
Office: LT 802
Phone: (607) 777-4210
I am currently working on two book projects:
- The Demographic Consequences of the American Civil War.
- The Decline of American Fertility, 1790-2000 (click here for article describing project in Inside BU)
- New Period Estimates of Fertility in the United States, 1836-1940. (Microsoft Excel File)
- "Civil War Death Toll May Be Really Off," National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" with Robert Siegel, May 29, 2012.
- "New Estimate Raises Civil War Death Toll," New York Times print edition, April 3, 2012, page D1 of Science Section (by Guy Gugliotta).
- "Civil War more deadly that thought," NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, April 4, 2012.
- "Who, What, Why: How many soldiers died in the US Civil War?," BBC News April 3, 2012 (by Daniel Nasaw).
- "Scholars look at Civil War anew during anniversary," Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2012.
- "Recounting the Dead," Disunion Opinionator Blog, New York Times (by J. David Hacker).
- "Historian revises estimate of Civil War dead," Binghamton Discover Magazine (by Rachel Coker).
- "Graveyard Shift: Historian says Civil War killed far more than previously believed," Binghamton Research Magazine (by Rachel Coker).
- "A Pregnant Pause: Historian Shifts Census Data to Understand Fertility Decline," Binghamton Research Magazine (by Susan E. Barber).
Journal Articles & Book Chapters:
- “A Census-Based Count of the Civil War Dead,” Civil War History 57:4 (December 2011), 306-347.
- “Intergenerational Transmission of Reproductive Behavior during the Onset of the Fertility Transition in the United States: New Evidence from the Utah Population Database,” with Julia A. Jennings and Allison R. Sullivan, Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42:4 (Spring 2012), 543-569.
- ““The Construction of Life Tables for the American Indian Population at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” with Michael R. Haines, in Per Axelsson and Peter Sköld, eds., Indigenous Populations and Demography: The Complex Relation Between Identity and Statistics (Berghahn Books: 2011), 73-93.
- “Spatial Aspects of the American Fertility Transition in the Nineteenth Century,” with Michael R. Haines, in Myron Gutmann, Kenneth M. Sylvester, and Glenn D. Deane, eds., Space and Time in Historical Demographic Studies: New Methods and Models (Springer: 2011), 37-63).
- “Decennial Life Tables for the White Population of the United States, 1790-1900,” Historical Methods, 43:3 (April-June 2010), 45-79.
- “The Effect of the Civil War on Southern Marriage Patterns,” with Libra R. Hilde and James H. Jones, Journal of Southern History, 76:1 (February 2010), 39-70.
- “Economic, Demographic, and Anthropometric Correlates of First Marriage in the Mid Nineteenth-Century United States,” Social Science History, 32:3 (2008), 307-345.
- "American Indian Mortality in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Impact of Federal Assimilation Policies on a Vulnerable Population," Annales de Demographie Historique, 2 (2005), 17-45.
- “Rethinking the ‘Early’ Decline of Marital Fertility in the United States,” Demography, 40:4 (November 2003), 605-620.
- "Public Use Microdata Samples of the 1860 Census of Slave Inhabitants," with J. Trent Alexander, Sean Condon, and Jason Carl Digman, Historical Methods, 36:1 (Winter 2003), 21-26.
- “The Human Cost of War: White Population in the United States, 1850-1880,” The Journal of Economic History, 61:2 (June 2001), 486-489 (with comments by Christina D. Romer).
- "Child Naming, Religion, and the Decline of Marital Fertility in Nineteenth-Century America," The History of the Family: An International Quarterly, 4:3 (1999), 339-365.
- "Public Use Microdata Samples of the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Censuses of Population," with Steven Ruggles, Andrea R. Foroughi, Brad D. Jarvis, and Walter L. Sargent, Historical Methods, 32:3 (Summer 1999), 125-133.
- "Trends and Determinants of Adult Mortality in Early New England: Reconciling Old and New Evidence From the Long Eighteenth Century," Social Science History, 21:4 (Winter 1997), 481-519.
- "Cultural Demography: New England Deaths and the Puritan Perception of Risk," with Daniel Scott Smith, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 26:3 (Winter 1996), 367-392.
- "Order Out of Chaos: General Design of the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series," with Steven Ruggles and Matthew Sobek, Historical Methods, 28:1 (Winter 1995), 33-39.
Awards and Fellowships:
- John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article published in Civil War History during 2011.
- NICHD Career Development Award, "The Decline of Fertility in the United States, 1790-2000," 1 K01-HD052617-01 ($667,237), June 2006-May 2011.
- Arthur H. Cole Grant-in-Aid Award, "New Life Tables for the Nineteenth-Century United States," Economic History Association, 2006.
- Dean’s Research Semester Award, Harpur College, Binghamton University, Spring 2003.
- Research Grant, “Marriage Selection and Marriage Protection: Evidence from a Longitudinal Sample of Union Army Recruits,” Early Indicators Program Project, the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NIH P01 AG10102), 2002-03.
- Principal Investigator (with Russell R. Menard, J. Trent Alexander, and Jason Carl Digman), “Public Use Microdata Samples of the 1850 Slave Population,” National Science Foundation (SES-0214300), 2002-04.
- Dorothy S. Thomas Award for best paper on the interrelationships among social, economic and demographic variables, Population Association of America, 2001.
- Finalist, Allan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in U.S. Economic History, Economic History Association, 2000.