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Greg Downs, Co-Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era, University of California, Davis

Greg DownsGreg Downs is Professor of History at University of California, Davis, and the author of three books of History (The Second American Revolution: The Struggle over Cuba and the Rebirth of the American Republic; After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War; and Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South) and one prize-winning short story collection (Spit Baths). With Kate Masur, he also co-edited The World the Civil War Made, co-wrote the National Park Service’s National Historic Landmark study of Reconstruction, helped edit the NPS’ first-ever handbook on Reconstruction, and lobbied Congress and bureaucrats for support for the first-ever National Park Service site dedicated to Reconstruction, proclaimed by President Obama in January 2017.

Stephen D. Engle, Secretary-Treasure, Florida Atlantic University

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).

Lesley J. Gordon, President-Elect, University of Alabama

Leslie GordonLesley J. Gordon earned her BA with High Honors from the College of William and Mary, and her MA and PhD in American History from the University of Georgia. She presently holds the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History at the University of Alabama. Her publications include General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend (University of North Carolina Press, 1998), Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas (Louisiana State University Press, 2005), and A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War (Louisiana State University Press, 2014). Gordon has published numerous articles, book chapters and book reviews, and her public talks have been featured on C-Span.  She was editor of Civil War History (2010-2015) and a former member of the Journal of the Civil War Era’s Editorial Advisory Board.  Her prior service with the Society for Civil War Historians includes membership on the Advisory Board, the Program Committee, and as Chair of the Tom Watson Brown Book Award.

Patrick Lewis, The Filson Historical Society

Patrick A. Lewis is the Scholar in Residence at the Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky, directing scholarly research, engagement, and publications. Before that he was Managing Editor of Scholarly Resources and Publications at the Kentucky Historical Society. At KHS, he also served as Editor of the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society and Project Director of the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, a federally funded digital research platform dedicated to recovering lost lives and stories from the contested borderland of the Upper South. A 2012 recipient of a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky, Lewis is the author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War (Kentucky, 2015) and of essays in Civil War History and the Register. Lewis is a seasoned public historian with experience in site interpretation and exhibit design. He worked for the National Park Service at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park from 2006 to 2010. While at KHS, he helped develop the AASLH Award of Merit-winning KHS HistoryMobile Civil War exhibit. Lewis has recently led KHS research and consulting teams working to overhaul the interpretation of difficult histories of race, slavery, and the Confederacy at Kentucky State Parks. He speaks, writes, and tweets regularly about graduate training and public history careers.

Kate Masur, Co-Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era, Northwestern University

Kate MasurKate Masur is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University. Examining the intersections of law, politics, and everyday life, her scholarship explores how Americans grappled with questions of race and equality after the abolition of slavery in both the North and South. She is the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (2010) and co-editor, with Greg Downs, of The World the Civil War Made (2015), a collection of essays that charts new directions in the study of the post-Civil War Era. Her scholarship has also been published in The Journal of American History, American Quarterly, Civil War History, The Journal of the Civil War Era, and American Journal of Legal History. In 2018 Oxford University Press published her new edition of a largely forgotten classic in Lincoln studies and African American history, They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington. She and Downs have worked extensively with the National Park Service on several projects related to the history of Reconstruction, including co-authoring the National Historic Landmark Theme Study on the period. She is now working on a book about federalism and the struggle for racial equality from the early republic through Reconstruction, tentatively titled Until Justice Be Done and slated to be published by Norton in spring 2021. She and Downs are co-editors of the Journal of the Civil War Era. 

Paul Quigley, Virginia Tech

Paul QuigleyPaul 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.


Rachel A. Shelden, Director, George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, Penn State

Rachel SheldenRachel Shelden is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil war Era Center. Her research and teaching interests include slavery and abolition, the Civil War, the U.S. South, and political and constitutional history. She is the author of Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, & the Coming of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), which received honorable mention for the Wiley-Silver Prize for the best first book on the American Civil War. Professor Shelden is co-editor, with Gary Gallagher, of A Political Nation: New Directions in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Political History (University of Virginia Press, 2012). Her current project explores the political culture of the U.S. Supreme Court from the Jacksonian Era to the 1890s.

Nina Silber, Co-President, Boston University

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.

Manisha Sinha, University of Connecticut

Manisha Sinha is the James L. And Shirley A. Draper Chair in American history at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed on faculty and received the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she taught for over twenty years. Besides publishing numerous articles in journals and the popular press, her important works include the multiple award winning The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, 2016), The Abolitionist Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2012), Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race and Power in American History (Columbia University Press, 2007), the two volume African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the African Slave Trade to the Twenty First Century (Prentice Hall, 2004), and The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2000), which was named one of ten best books on slavery in Politico Magazine in 2015. She has been elected to the Society of American Historians, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, and appointed to the Distinguished Lecture Series of the Organization of American Historians. She is a member of the Council of Advisors of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg, New York Public Library, co-editor of the “Race and the Atlantic World, 1700-1900,” series of the University of Georgia Press, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Civil War Era and Slavery and Abolition. She is currently writing a book on wartime and post war Reconstruction during the age of the Civil War.

David K. Thomson, Sacred Heart University, Editor of the SCWH Newsletter

David ThomsonDavid K. Thomson is an Assistant Professor of history at Sacred Heart University. Thomson’s teaching focuses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as the history of capitalism. He has written numerous articles and book chapters including an article in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era. Thomson’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Boston Globe magazine. Presently, he is completing his manuscript Bonds of War: Capitalism and the Evolution of World Financial Markets in the Civil War Era. Thomson also serves on the SCWH’s Early Career Committee as well as the Outreach and Membership Committee (where he is responsible for the SCWH quarterly digital newsletter.)

Joan Waugh, Co-President, University of California, Los Angeles

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.

2020 Tom Watson Brown Book Award Committee:

Tad Brown, Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc.
April Holm, The University of Mississippi
Patrick J. Kelly, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Amy Murrell Taylor, (chair), University of Kentucky

2020 Conference Program Committee:

Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina
Angela Diaz, Utah State University
Susanna Michele Lee, North Carolina State University
Barton A. Myers, Washington and Lee University
Amy Murrell Taylor, (chair), University of Kentucky

Anne J. Bailey Dissertation Prize Committee:

Barbara Gannon, University of Central Florida
Christopher Phillips, (chair), University of Cincinnati
Minoa Uffelman, Austin Peay State University

Anthony E. Kaye Memorial Essay Award Committee:

Frances Clarke, The University of Sydney
Paul Escott, Wake Forest University
Kelly Mezurek, Walsh University

Board Nomination Committee:

Michael T. Bernath, University of Miami
Yael Sternhell, Tel Aviv University
Susannah J. Ural, (chair), University of Southern Mississippi

Bylaws Review Committee:

Stephen D. Engle, Florida Atlantic University
Caroline Janney, University of Virginia
Stephen Kantrowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rachel Shelden, (chair), Penn State

Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

Emmanuel Dabney, Petersburg National Battlefield
Angela Diaz, Utah State University
Lesley J. Gordon, (chair), The University of Alabama
Tamika Nunley, Oberlin College
Paul Quigley, Virginia Tech

Early Career Committee:

Angela Diaz, Utah State University
Laura Mammina, University of Houston-Victoria
Erin Mauldin, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Alaina Roberts, University of Pittsburgh
Meirah Shedlo, Yeshiva University
David K. Thomson, Sacred Heart University

Graduate Student Connection Committee:

Shae Cox, (advisor), University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Haggerty, University of California, Davis
Molly Mersmann, Purdue University
Lindsey R. Peterson, University of Southern Mississippi
Daniel Sunshine, University of Virginia
Cecily Zander, (chair), Penn State

Micro-Grants Selection Committee:

Shae Cox, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Lisa Frank, Independent Scholar
Patrick Lewis, (chair), The Filson Historical Society

Outreach and Membership Committee:

Megan Bever, (chair), Missouri Southern State University
Hilary Green, The University of Alabama
Ashley Whitehead Luskey, Independent Historian and Consultant
David K. Thomson, Sacred Heart University
Cecily Zander, Penn State University

Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student Award Selection Committee:

David Gleeson, Northumbria University Newcastle
Sarah Handley-Counsins, (chair), University of Buffalo
Matthew C. Hulbert, Hampden-Sydney College