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Acclaimed historian to deliver 2018 Brose lectures

Dr. Stephen Kantrowitz, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver three lectures on Citizenship and Civilization: A Ho-Chunk History of the Civil War Era for the 2018 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series. Taking place on November 1, 2, and 3 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, the lectures are free and open to the public. This lecture series is sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State through the generosity of an endowment by Steven and Janice Brose.

How did Native Americans shape the emergence of national citizenship in the 1860s, and how did national citizenship reshape Indian life? How were jurisdiction and allegiance in the Civil War era mediated by notions of “civilization”? Citizenship and Civilization explores these questions through the removal, diaspora, defiance, and creativity of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk people, the settlers who sought to displace them, and the officials and politicians who oversaw the confusing and often violent world of the mid-nineteenth-century Midwest.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1:  Hiding in Plain Sight: Native Americans and the History of American Citizenship
  • 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 2: “The Habits and Customs of Civilization”: Citizenship and Belonging in the Ho-Chunk Diaspora
  • 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 3: Conquered Citizens: Ho-Chunks and Settlers in Post-Removal Teejop

Dr. Kantrowitz is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his scholarship and teaching focus on race, politics, and citizenship in the nineteenth century. His work includes More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 (Penguin, 2012), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize; Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (UNC Press, 2000), which won several scholarly awards and was a New York Times Notable Book; articles in The Journal of American History, Boston Review, and other periodicals; and an edited collection on the history of African American Freemasonry, All Men Free and Brethren (Cornell University Press, 2013). He has been a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and an OAH Distinguished Lecturer. He is currently a Senior Fellow at UW-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

For more information, contact the Richards Center at 814-863-0151 or visit the website at

Postdoctoral Scholar, African-American History, Job #83060

The Richards Civil War Era Center and the Africana Research Center invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral scholar in African-American history, beginning July 1, 2019. All research interests spanning the origins of slavery through the Civil Rights movement will receive favorable consideration. Proposals that mesh with the Richards Center’s interests in slavery, abolition, and emancipation, as well as comparative or Atlantic history, are especially welcome. During their residency, the scholar will have no teaching or administrative responsibilities. He or she will be matched with a mentor, attend professional development sessions and other relevant events, and will be expected to take an active part in Penn State’s community of Africana researchers. The scholar also will invite two senior scholars to campus to read and comment on the scholar’s project.  Successful applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. within the previous four academic years. Salary/benefit package is competitive. To be considered for this position, submit complete application packets including a cover letter describing your research and goals for the scholarship year, a curriculum vita (6 page maximum), and a writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages. Review of materials will begin November 15, 2018 and continue until the position has been filled. Three letters of reference should be addressed to the attention of the ESSS Selection Committee and submitted as email attachments to  Please direct questions about the process via e-mail to Applications must be submitted online at

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Greenberg Begins 2018-19 Academic Year as Winfree Professor

Greenberg Begins 2018-19 Academic Year as Winfree Professor

Winfree Professor of American History Amy Greenberg

Amy S. Greenberg begins the 2018-2019 academic year as the new George Winfree Professor of American History. Greenberg was named Winfree Professor in May, upon the retirement of Carol Reardon, who had served as Winfree Professor since 2010 when the professorship was established with a generous gift from Tracy ('65) and Ted McCourtney. A scholar of the Civil War era, Greenberg's research interests in such topics as masculinity, urban history, and antebellum American imperialism have been supported with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society. She is the author of numerous articles and books on the Civil War era. Her most recent book, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Knopf/Vintage Books, 2012), won the Robert Utley Award from the Western History Association and the Best Book Awards from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. A Wicked War also was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a selection of the Book of the Month Club, History Book of the Month Club, and Military Book of the Month Club.

Greenberg's first publication as Winfree Professor will be Lady First: the World of First Lady Sarah Polk, which is due out in February 2019. Unique among First Ladies, Sarah Polk helped to manage President James K. Polk's political career, shape foreign policy, and direct the movement in favor of war with Mexico. Greenberg provides the first in-depth biography of a woman who wielded unprecedented political power for the antebellum era yet rejected the goals of the period's leading feminists and women's rights advocates. Upon being named Winfree Professor, Greenberg reflected, "It's a great honor to follow Professor Carol Reardon as the George Winfree Professor of American History. I thank the McCourtneys for their great generosity in endowing this chair, and look forward to enhancing the educational offerings of our undergraduate and graduate students studying American history here at Penn State with Winfree Professorship funds."

Public Talk by William C. Davis

Central PA Civil War Round Table public talk with William C. Davis, “Looking for Loreta Velasquez—the Fantasy Life of a Confederate Heroine,” Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 pm, Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg.

William C. Davis, formerly Director of Virginia Tech's Center for Civil War Studies, spent 31 years in editorial management in the publishing industry, consulted for numerous film and television productions, and was senior advisor for the A&E and History Channel series “Civil War Journal.” Davis is the author of more than 50 books, most recently Crucible of Command and Inventing Loreta Velasquez. He is the only four-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award of the Museum of the Confederacy for works on the Civil War and Confederacy.

Talk is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) We The People Challenge Grant. 

The Richards Center would like to welcome Ph.D. candidate A.J. Perez to Penn State!

A.J. Perez is a first year graduate student pursuing a Dual-title PhD in History and African-American Studies. He currently holds a BA in Painting and a BA in History from the University of Houston. Currently under the guidance of Dr. Amy Greenberg, his broad research interests include American Slavery, the U.S. Civil War, and memory of the war. His secondary areas of interest are Gender and Transnational/Global history. He's interested in examining how the past continues to helplessly and subtly affect the present day and recent examinations of the past.



Luke Harlow

The Journal of the Civil War Era is pleased to announce five new scholars who are joining our editorial board, as well as a new associate editor. We would like to thank all of the editorial board members who are cycling off this year: Lorien Foote, Fay Yarbrough, Brian DeLay, Matt Gallman, and Manisha Sinha. And special thanks to Greg Downs, who is leaving his position as associate editor. We are deeply appreciative of the commitment each of you has demonstrated in advancing Civil War studies.

Welcome to Luke Harlow, who is joining us as associate editor. Luke is Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the author of Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 1830–1880 (Cambridge, 2014), which received a Kentucky History Award from the Kentucky Historical Society. Luke will be working with Stacey Smith, Associate Editor, to recruit historiographic review essays for the journal.

The first of our new editorial board members is Rabia Belt. Rabia is a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on disability and citizenship. She teaches at Stanford Law School. Her scholarship ranges from cultural analysis of disability in media, to contemporary issues facing voters with disability, to the historical treatment of disabled Americans. She is currently writing a book titled, Disabling Democracy in America: Disability, Citizenship, Suffrage, and the Law, 1819-1920. In 2015, the American Society of Legal History named her a Kathryn T. Preyer Scholar for her paper, “Ballots for Bullets? The Disenfranchisement of Civil War Veterans.”

Angela Pulley Hudson is Professor of History at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Real Native Genius: How an Ex-slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians (2015)—winner of the 2016 Evans Biography Prize from the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies—and Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South (2010). She co-edits, with Andrew Frank and Kristofer Ray, the “Indians and Southern History” series from the University of Alabama Press and is a senior editor of Native American history for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia in American History.

Stephen Kantrowitz is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Afro-American Studies and the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on race, politics, and citizenship in the long nineteenth century. He is the author of More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 (Penguin, 2012), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy (UNC Press, 2000), which won several scholarly awards and was a New York Times Notable Book. He is currently at work on a book on Native Americans and citizenship in the Civil War era.

David Silkenat is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina (2011), Driven from Home: North Carolina’s Civil War Refugee Crisis (2016), and Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War (2019). He is the Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of America.

The last addition to the editorial board is Brenda E. Stevenson. She is UCLA’s Nickoll Family Endowed Chair and Professor of History and African American Studies. Her research areas are: gender and family; American South and slavery; African Americans; race and film; and racial/ethnic conflict. Her book publications include: Life in Black and White, Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, and What is Slavery? She is editor of the Journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke, co-author ofUnderground Railroad, and contributing editor to the Encyclopedia of Black Women’s History. Professional accolades include: a Guggenheim Fellowship, SHA’s John Blassingame Award, a Berlin Prize, a NHC Fellowship, the OAH’s Rawley Prize, the Ida B. Wells Award, and a Gustavus Meyer Book Prize.