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Cecily Zander

Cecily Zander

Ph.D. candidate

108 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. MA, History, Pennsylvania State University, 2017
  2. BA (With Highest Distinction), History, University of Virginia, 2015


I am a PhD candidate studying the Regular Army of the United States and the politics of American imperialism in the long Civil War era. My dissertation places the the United States Army at the center of political conversations about slavery, expansion, the Civil War and competing visions over the future of the American West. Incorporating political and military sources, along with economic data and territorial records, I show how the army represented a critical helpmate to imperialism, and became a resource that inspired competition between pro-slavery politicians, free labor advocates, and political reformers between 1835 and 1885. 


Agents of Empire: The U.S. Army, Native Americans, and the Civil War in the Making of the American West

Dissertation Chair(s):

William A. Blair

Research Interests:

American Civil War, Memory, American West