College Magister

The college magister acts as a representative of the college, interacting with other departments around Rice on Duncan’s behalf, and promoting a variety of cultural and intellectual interests among members of the college. The magister is also charged with overseeing the student government and generally ensuring that all goes well at Duncan.

Meet the McDaniel Family

Welcome, Duncaroos! The McDaniel family is excited to meet you! Having lived at Duncan since 2012, first as Head Resident Fellows and now in our fifth year as College Magisters, we view Duncan as our home. We look forward to making you feel at home, too. As College Magisters you can expect to see us around regularly in the Commons, at Forum, and at special events in the Magisters House. In addition to serving as official representatives of the college at the University level, a large part of our job is to get to know students and to serve as mentors, sounding boards, and resources, so don’t be shy. We’d love to meet you, learn about your interests, and support your initiatives!

Brandy and Caleb are both natives of Texas (she’s from Pearland, just south of Houston; he’s from San Antonio). We married in 2000 and moved the following year to Baltimore, Maryland where Caleb completed his Ph.D. in history and Brandy received her Masters in Teaching, both from Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, we moved to Colorado, where Caleb taught for two years at the University of Denver, but we got to Rice as quickly as we could and moved here in 2008. We hope to share with you some of the great things Houston and Texas have to offer “outside the hedges” of Rice’s campus.

Caleb is an associate professor in the Department of History and teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history. His particular research interests are in the history of slavery and abolition, the American Civil War, and digital history. He likes to listen to jazz, hear live music, drink coffee, discover good restaurants, and play basketball or golf. He also likes computer programming and is often geeking out at the “command line” in his spare time.

Brandy is a former high school American and world history teacher and now shares her pedagogical knowledge to co-teach the COLL 300 course with the Center for Teaching Excellence. She also coordinates the volunteers for the kids’ school library. In her free time, Brandy enjoys listening to music that is NOT jazz, reading, walking the outer loop, watching Rice baseball from the hill, and pinning new popcorn recipes to try for study breaks.

Our two kids, Ellery and Carter, are also looking forward to meeting you. Ellery is  in a Dual Language Spanish Immersion program. She’s a total book-worm but also enjoys coding and playing outside. Carter is super social and loves to hand out good luck stickers to the students at exam time. He is in the same Spanish program as Ellery. Both kids love Duncan and you’ll see them around at meals in the quad. We also have a dog, Woody, who looks forward to lots of love from you. Congratulations on being selected to join Duncan. Stop by and say hi!