PRESIDENT – Nina Silber, Boston University, email:

Nina SilberSince 1990, Nina Silber has been a member of the faculty at Boston University where she teaches in both the department of history and the program in American and New England Studies.  Her research and teaching have focused mainly on issues related to historical memory, gender, and the Civil War.  The recipient of numerous awards – including fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard University’s Warren Center – Professor Silber has also published works that have helped to expand the scholarly horizons in the study of the Civil War.  Among her most important publications are: The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (1993); Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992); Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (2005); and Gender and the Sectional Conflict (2008).   In addition to these publications, Professor Silber also takes particular pride in the work she has done in the arena of public history which has included consultations with the Gettysburg National Military Park, the National Park Service, the United States Constitution Museum, the American Experience television series, and the History Channel.  Her current research, tentatively titled Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America, examines the various ways the Civil War was invoked in the years of the Great Depression and New Deal, especially in the political struggles between “popular fronters”, anti-Communists, and civil rights activists.

PRESIDENT-ELECT – Joan Waugh, University of California, Los Angeles, email:

Professor Joan Waugh of the UCLA History Department researches and writes about nineteenth-century America, specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age eras. Waugh has published numerous essays and books on Civil War topics, both single authored and edited, including The American War: A History of the Civil War Era, (Flip Learning, 2015), co-written with Gary W. Gallagher, and her prize-winning U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). Other works include Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Harvard University, 1998); Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1859 (Facts on File, 2003, 2010); The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), Wars Within A War: Controversy and Conflict Over the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The recipient of Huntington Library, NEH and Gilder-Lehrman fellowships, she has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant and the History Channel’s production of “Lee and Grant.” Waugh has also published a number of op-eds on current controversies regarding Civil War issues for media outlets. An active public speaker, Professor Waugh delivered the 2015 Bottimore Lecture at the University of Richmond; the 50th Annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; the Andrew Bell Appleby Memorial Lecture at San Diego State University; presented in the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series, University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and delivered the Richard Smith Civil War Lecture at Ohio Wesleyan University in 2017.

Serving on numerous advisory boards and editorial boards, Dr. Waugh has been honored with four teaching prizes, including UCLA’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her dedication to teaching reaches far beyond the campus classroom and she has participated in local, state-wide and national teaching workshops for elementary, middle-school and high school teachers. She led groups of Southern California teachers on Civil War battlefield trips and developed and led a summer travel-study program for UCLA students to go on a two-week field trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Antietam, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Professor Waugh’s current research agenda includes a book on surrender during the Civil War.

PAST PRESIDENT – Daniel Sutherland, University of Arkansas, email:

Headshot of President-Elect Daniel SutherlandA native of Detroit, Daniel E. Sutherland received his undergraduate and graduate education at Wayne State University between 1964 and 1976. During that same time, he served in the U. S. Naval Reserve (1964-72), including two years on active duty (1968-70). He has taught history at Wayne State, Mercy College of Detroit, University of Alabama, McNeese State University, and University of Arkansas, where he joined the faculty in 1989 and now holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. He has published fifteen books and nearly sixty articles and book chapters. Five of his books have been offered by the History Book Club. Those titles include The Confederate Carpetbaggers (1988), Seasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community (1995), Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville: The Dare Mark Campaign (1998), Guerrillas, Unionists, and Violence on the Confederate Home Front (edited, 1999), and A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War (2009). He has received over fifty grants, awards, and other honors, including appointments as the Douglas Southall Freeman Professor at the University of Richmond and Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. His most recent publications are American Civil War Guerrillas: Changing the Rules of Warfare (Praeger, 2013) and Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake (Yale, 2014).

SECRETARY-TREASURER – Stephen D. Engle, Florida Atlantic University, email:

Steve EngleStephen D. Engle is professor of history, and Director of the Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium Series on the American Presidency at Florida Atlantic University where he has taught for nearly thirty years. He is a past Fulbright Scholar to Germany, is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and a lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution’s Associates Program. He has appeared on C-span’s “Lectures in American History,” series, and in 2016, he was named Florida Atlantic University’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year. He is the author of several books, essays, and articles, including most recently Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors (2016).

EDITOR, JOURNAL OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA – Judith Giesberg, Villanova University, email:

Judy GiesbergJudith Giesberg is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at Villanova University. Giesberg is the author of four books, Civil War Sisterhood: The United States Sanitary Commission and Women’s Politics in Transition (Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2000),“Army at Home:” Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), Keystone State in Crisis: Pennsylvania in the Civil War (Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2013), and Emilie Davis’s Civil War: The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865 (State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014.) Currently she is completing a book on pornography and the sexual culture of the U.S. Army camps during the Civil War.

EDITOR, SOCIETY OF CIVIL WAR HISTORIANS NEWSLETTER – Anne J. Bailey, The McWhiney Foundation, email:

Headshot of Editor, Society of Civil War Historians Newsletter Anne J. BaileyAnne J. Bailey is professor emeritus of history at Georgia College and State University. She is the author or editor of eight books on the Civil War, including The Chessboard of War: Sherman and Hood in the Autumn Campaigns of 1864; Invisible Southerners: Ethnicity in the Civil War; and War and Ruin: William T. Sherman and the Savannah Campaign. Dr. Bailey serves as general editor of the “Great Campaigns of the Civil War,” published by the University of Nebraska Press, and has edited the SCWH Newsletter since 1992.

DIRECTOR, GEORGE AND ANN RICHARDS CIVIL WAR CENTER – William Blair, The Pennsylvania State University, email:

Bill BlairDr. William Blair is Walter L. and Helen P. Ferree Professor of Middle American History, Director of the Richards Civil War Era Center, and founding editor of The Journal of the Civil War Era. He also edits The Brose Lecture Series with the University of North Carolina Press. He serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. In addition to other publications, Blair has written With Malice toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era (2014); Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914 (2004); and Virginia’s Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865 (1998).


MedfordEdna Greene Medford, Howard University, email:

Edna Greene Medford is professor and chairperson in the Department of History at Howard University in Washington, DC. She teaches graduate courses in Civil War and Reconstruction and Jacksonian America, and survey courses in African American and United States history. She is the author of Lincoln and Emancipation (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015) and co-author of The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (Louisiana State University Press, 2006).

Headshot of Kenneth W. NoeKenneth W. Noe, Auburn University, email:

Kenneth W. Noe is Alumni Professor and Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. He is the author or editor of seven books including most recently The Yellowhammer War: Alabama in the Civil War and Reconstruction (2014) and Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861 (2010).


Paul QuigleyPaul Quigley, Virginia Tech, email:

Paul Quigley is Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War History in the History Department at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848-65, which won the British Association for American Studies Book Prize and the Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy.


2017 Tom Watson Brown Book Award Committee:

Tad Brown, Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc.
Vernon Burton (chair), Clemson University
Nicole Etcheson, Ball State University
Earl Hess, Lincoln Memorial University

Early Career Committee:

Megan L. Bever, Missouri Southern State University
Maria Angela Diaz, Utah State University
Laura Mammina, Kalamazoo College [but switching affiliations this summer]
Erin Mauldin, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
David K. Thomson, Sacred Heart University

Graduate Student Connection Committee:

Shae Cox, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Winifred Maloney, University of Connecticut
Lindsey R. Peterson, University of Southern Mississippi
Daniel Sunshine, University of Virginia
Cecily Zander (chair), Penn State

Outreach and Membership Committee:

Megan Bever, Missouri Southern State University
Ashley Whitehead Luskey, Independent Historian and Consultant
James Marten, (chair), Marquette University
Megan Kate Nelson,
Maggie Yancey, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Board Nomination Committee:

John Inscoe, University of Georgia (chair)
Jennifer Weber, The University of Kansas
James Huston, Oklahoma State University

2018 Program Committee:

Kristen Anderson, Webster University
Aaron Astor, Maryville College
Lorien Foote, Texas A&M University
Julie Mujic, Paramount Historical Consulting
T. Michael Parrish (chair), Baylor University

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