Dissertations and Publications

Doctoral Students/Dissertation Titles


Clayton Butler, "True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1880"

Brian Neumann, “Last Hope of Liberty: Unionism and Nullification in South Carolina, 1828-1836"


Jack Furniss, "States of the Union: The Rise and Fall of the Political Center in the Civil War North"

Lauren Haumesser, "Party of Patriarchy: Democratic Gender Politics and the Coming of the Civil War"


Frank Cirillo,  "The Day of Sainthood Has Passed: Abolitionists and the Golden Moment of the Civil War"


Tamika Richeson, “Crimes of Discontent: The Contours of Black Women’s Law Breaking in Civil War Era Washington, D.C., 1830-1865”

Jeffrey L. Zvengrowski, “Jefferson Davis and Francophile American Nationalists in the Confederate States of America, 1860-1871”


Adrian Brettle, “‘The Fortunes of War’: Confederate Expansionist Ambitions during the American Civil War”

Michael T. Caires, “The Greenback Union: The Law and Politics of Money and Banks in the Civil War Era”

D. H. Dilbeck, “War in Earnest: Just War Theory and Union Military Policy in the American Civil War”

Peter H. Luebke, “Shattering the Slave Power: Northern Soldiers Interpret Their Civil War”


Jon Grinspan, “The Virgin Vote: Young Americans in the Age of Popular Politics”

Sean Nalty, “We are Going to Destruction as Fast as We Can: Slavery, the Rule of Law, and the Constitutional Union Party, 1849-1861”

Clark Scott Nesbit, Jr., “The Irony of Emancipation in the Civil War South”


Erik Alexander, “A Revival of the Old Organization": Northern Democrats and Reconstruction, 1868-1876”

Philip Herrington, “The Exceptional Plantation: Slavery, Agricultural Reform, and the Creation of an American Landscape”

William Burton Kurtz, “Roman-Catholic Americans in the North and Border States during the Era of the American Civil War”


M. Keith Harris, “Across the Bloody Chasm: Reconciliation in the Wake of Civil War”

Rachel A. Shelden, “Washington Brotherhood: Friendship, Politics, and the Coming of the Civil War”

David R. Zimring, “Crossing the Line: Northerners Who Supported and Fought in the Confederate Armies”


Adam W. Dean, “An Agrarian Republic: How Conflict Over Land Use Shaped the Civil War and Reconstruction”

Lisa Goff, “Shantytowns in the United States, 1820-1890”

Kathryn Shively Meier, “‘This Is No Place for the Sick’: Nature’s War on Civil War Soldier Health in 1862 Virginia”

Cynthia L. Nicoletti, “The Great Question of the War: The Legal Status of Secession in the Aftermath of the American Civil War, 1865-1869”

Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, “The Burden of Their Class: College-Educated New Englanders in the Civil War Era”


Andrew Torget, “Cotton Empire: Slavery and the Texas Borderlands, 1820-1837”


Jaime Amanda Martinez, “For the Defense of the State: Slave Impressment in Confederate Virginia and North Carolina”

Katherine Anna Pierce, “Networks of Disunion: Politics, Print Culture, and the Coming of the Civil War” 

Calvin Jack Schermerhorn, “Against All Odds: Slavery and Enslaved Families in the Making of the Antebellum Chesapeake” 

Matthew Aaron Speiser, “Seeking the Roots of the Lost Cause: The Continuity of Regional Celebration in the White South, 1850-1872” 

George W. Van Cleve, “A Slaveholders Union: The Law and Politics of American Slavery, 1770-1821” 

Andrew D. Witmer, “God’s Interpreters: Protestant Missionaries, African Converts and Conceptions of Race in the United States, 1830-1910”


Andre M. Fleche, “The Revolution of 1861: The Legacy of the European Revolutions of 1848 and the American Civil War”


Caroline E. Janney, “If Not for the Ladies: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Making of the Lost Cause” 

Watson Woodson Jennison, III, “Cultivating Race:  Slavery and Expansion in Georgia,1750-1860” 

Susanna Michele Lee, “Claiming the Union:  Stories of Loyalty in the Post-Civil War South” 

Amy R. Minton, “A Culture of Respectability: Southerners and Social Relations in Richmond, Virginia, 1820-1865”


Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh, “The Old Army in Peace and War: West Pointers and the Civil War Era, 1814-1865”  


Brian Dale Schoen, “The Fragile Fabric of Union:  The Cotton South, Federal Politics, and the Atlantic World, 1783-1861”  

Aaron Sheehan-Dean, “The Family War: Motivation and Commitment in the American Civil War”  


Amy Murrell Taylor, “The Divided Family in Civil War America, 1860-1870” 

Sarah Nelson Roth, “Rebels and Martyrs: The Debate over Slavery in American Popular Culture, 1822-1865”


Scot Andrew French, “Remembering Nat Turner: The Rebellious Slave in American Thought, 1831 to the Present” 

Phillip Davis Troutman, “Slave Trade and Sentiment in Antebellum Virginia”



BrettleColossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World (University of Virginia Press, 2020)

Dean, An Agrarian Republic: How Debate over Land Use Shaped the Civil War and Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Dilbeck, A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Dilbeck, Frederick Douglass: America's Prophet (University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Fleche, The Revolution of 1861: The Legacy of 1848 and the American Civil War in the Age of Nationalist Conflict (University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

French, The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)

Grinspan, The Virgin Vote: How Young People Shaped American Democracy (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

Harris, Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration among Civil War Veterans (Louisiana State University Press, 2014)

Hsieh, West Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)

Hsieh, A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War (Princeton University Press, 2016)

Janney (co-editor and co-author), Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Janney, Burying the Dead but Not the Past: Ladies' Memorial Associations and the Lost Cause (University of North Carolina Press, 2008)

JanneyEnds of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee's Army after Appomattox (University of North Carolina Press, 2021)

Janney, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)

Jennison, Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia, 1750-1860 (University Press of Kentucky, 2012)

Kurtz, Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America (Fordham University Press, 2015)

Kurtz (co-editor), Soldiers of the Cross, the Authoritative Text (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019)

Lee, Claiming the Union: Citizenship in the Post-Civil War South (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Luebke (editor), The Story of a Thousand: A History of the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry by Albion W. Tourgée (Kent State University Press, 2011)

Luebke (editor), The Autobiography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren (Government Publishing Office, 2019)

Martinez, Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)

Meier, Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)

Nicoletti, Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

NunleyAt the Threshold of Liberty: Women, Slavery, and Shifting Identities in Washington, D.C (University of North Carolina Press, 2021)

Schermerhorn (co-editor), Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery (University of Virginia Press, 2012)

Schermerhorn, Money over Mastery, Family over Freedom: Slavery in the Antebellum Upper South (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)

Schermerhorn, The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860 (Yale University Press, 2015)

Schoen (co-editor and co-author), The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Religion, and Nation in the Age of Progress (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Schoen, The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War (Library Company of Philadelphia, 2011)

Sheehan-Dean (co-editor), The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It (The Library of America, 2011)

Sheehan-Dean (editor and co-author), Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War (Osprey, 2006)

Sheehan-Dean (editor and co-author), The View From the Ground: Experiences of Civil War Soldiers (University Press of Kentucky, 2007)

Sheehan-Dean (editor), A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, 2 vols. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

Sheehan-Dean (editor), The Civil War: The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It (The Library of America, 2014)

Sheehan-Dean, Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Sheehan-Dean, Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia (University of North Carolina Press, 2007)

Sheehan-Dean, The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Shelden (co-editor and co-author), A Political Nation: New Directions in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Political History (University of Virginia Press, 2012)

Shelden, Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)

Taylor, The Divided Family in Civil War America (University of North Carolina Press, 2005)

Taylor, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (University of North Carolina, 2018)

Torget (co-editor and co-author), Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration (University of Virginia Press, 2006)

Torget, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Van Cleve, A Slaveholders’ Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early Republic (University of Chicago Press, 2010)

Wongsrichanalai (co-editor and co-author), So Conceived and So Dedicated: Northern Intellectuals in the Civil War Era (Fordham University Press, 2015)

Wongsrichanalai, Northern Character: College-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era (Fordham University Press, 2016)

Zimring, To Live and Die in Dixie: Native Northerners Who Fought For the Confederacy (University of Tennessee Press, 2014)

ZvengrowskiJefferson Davis, Napoleonic France, and the Nature of Confederate Ideology, 1815-1870 (LSU Press, 2020)