I have had the privilege of working with a multitude of talented graduate students over the years, including a number of students who have completed graduate degrees under my supervision. To a person, they have been talented, creative, and original scholars who collectively and individually have taught me far more than I have taught them. Their excitement and engagement with the past is a constant reminder to me of what is so captivating about the study of history and why it is a privilege to be a professional historian.
PAST AND CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS WITH WHOM I HAVE WORKED:
Since earning his doctorate Mike has been an exceptionally prolific scholar. His dissertation and first book was Lessons in Progress: State Universities and Progressivism in the New South (2001). Since then he has published Luther P. Jackson and a Life in Civil Rights (2004), The New Economy and the Modern South (2009), The Memorial Day Massacre and the Movement for Industrial Democracy (2010), Blood on Steel: Chicago Steelworkers and the Strike of 1937 (2014), and numerous articles.
Bland has made a career as a historical researcher and editor, first at the Library of Virginia and for more than a decade with the Thomas Jefferson Papers at Princeton University. His dissertation, “Precious Memories: Narratives of the Democracy in Mississippi, 1865-1915,” is a cultural study of political culture and historical memory in postbellum Mississippi.
Kelly has published articles and essays derived from her dissertation, “Power in the Land: Home Demonstration in Florida, 1915-1960.” She has taught at the University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College, Mary Baldwin, Virginia Military Institute, and Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Carey has published articles and essays on Nellie Peters Black, a Georgia agricultural reformer and activist who was the focus of Carey’s dissertation, “’One of the Lord’s Democrats.’”
David has published two award winning books and he has another book forthcoming in 2019. His first book, a revised version of his dissertation, is Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina. In 2016 he published Driven from Home: North Carolina’s Refugee Crisis. His latest book is a history of surrender during the American Civil War. He is currently at work on an environmental history of slavery. David previously taught at North Dakota State University before joining the faculty at Edinburgh.
Matt is the author of The End of Days: African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation (2016), which is his revised dissertation. Matt previously taught at Central Arkansas University.
Kim has published articles and essays on white and black missionaries who grappled with the color line during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is currently completing her forthcoming book “Their Hearts Were In Africa:” Industrial Education in the Missionary Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston, 1902-1941. She previously taught at Del Mar College from 2009 to 2014.
Seth has published articles on the history of the death penalty and has a forthcoming book on the subject, derived from his dissertation, “Unduly Harsh and Unworkably Rigid: The Death Penalty In North Carolina, 1910-1961.” Seth also has been active in the field of oral history with the Southern Oral History Program and in digital humanities. His digital projects include “A Red Record,” a student-driven project exploring lynching and its victims in the American South, and “Mapping the Long Women’s Movement,” an experiment in empowering researchers to explore oral histories in new ways.
His Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina is forthcoming (2019).
Rob is the author of Remaking the Rural South: Interracialism, Christian Socialism, and Cooperative Farming in Jim Crow Mississippi (2018), which is based on his dissertation
Brandon R. Byrd is an intellectual historian of the 19th and 20th century United States with specializations in African American History and the African Diaspora. His research interests include black internationalism and black nationalist movements. He is currently completing his first book, The Black Republic: African Americans, Haiti, and the Rise of Radical Black Internationalism (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press). He has published articles and chapters in several outlets including Slavery and Abolition, Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International, The Journal of Haitian Studies, and Radical Teacher.
Catherine taught at the University of South Florida, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina. Her dissertation, “Building Progress in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Race, Power, and Place in Birmingham,” reflects her interests in urban and political history. She also served as the Filmography Editor for the digital humanities site, GW Online: Gender and War since 1600. She is currently a self-employed project manager and analyst in Chicago.
From 2015 to 2017 Brad was the Cassius M. Clay Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. He has published articles related to his dissertation research on Klan violence in the Carolinas during Reconstruction. While revising his dissertation, “Whip, Pistol, and Hood: Ku Klux Klan Violence in the Carolinas During Reconstruction,” for publication Brad also is researching interracial marriage and Black militias from the Civil War era through Reconstruction.
Adam has written an award winning article on Andersonville Prison Camp and is completing a forthcoming book The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory while also revising his dissertation, “War Within The States: Loyalty, Dissent, and Conflict in Southern Piedmont Communities, 1860-1876” for publication.
In 2016-2017 Amanda was a Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New York Historical Society. She has published articles derived from her dissertation research in the both American and Russian historical journals as well as the New York Times. She is revising her dissertation, “Slaves and Serfs in the Post-Emancipation Imagination, 1861-1915,” for publication.
Rob has published articles on his main research interest: the environmental history of the longleaf pine forests in the American South. He also has contributed extensively to several oral history projects completed by the Southern Oral History Program. He is revising his dissertation, “Tree by Tree: Destruction, Development, and Discourse in the Southern Longleaf Forests” for publication.
Mishio recently defended her dissertation, “’Separation Is Not Equality:” The Racial Desegregation Movement of Creoles of Color, 1862-1900,” and is currently pursuing teaching opportunities in Japan. She has published articles based on her research in both Japanese and American journals and has also created a digital history project, “The Fillmore Boys School in 1877: Racial Integration, Creoles of Color, and the End of Reconstruction in New Orleans.”
Josh recently defended his dissertation, “Straddling The Threshold of Two Worlds: The Culture Of American Soldiers In The Vietnam War, 1965-1973.” Josh’s interests are in modern American military culture and popular culture. He is currently revising his dissertation while working at GlaxoSmithKline.
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