I am a U.S. political and constitutional historian, working mainly on the period 1787-1877. I write on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. I just finished a book called Terror and War in North America, 1864-1865 and am working on a political and constitutional history of the Civil War.
Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2011.
The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2005.
The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2002.
Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1999.
Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University Graduate School (1995)
Pulitzer Prize for History, The Fate of Liberty (1992)
R. Stanton Avery Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, California (1997-1998)