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Rachel A. Shelden

Rachel A. Shelden

Associate Professor of History

Director, George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center

Mailing Address: 108 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-0151


  1. Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2011
  2. M.A., University of Virginia, 2006
  3. B.A., Stanford University, 2003


Dr. Shelden specializes in the long nineteenth century. 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.

Areas of Specialization:

Nineteenth Century U.S.: