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George and Ann RichardsCivil War Era Center

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Graduate Student Placement

Graduate Student Placement

Jonathan Berkey, degree 2003
Assistant Professor at Concord University
Dissertation Title:”War in the Borderland: The Civilians’ Civil War in Virginia’s Lower Shenandoah Valley”
Advisor: William Blair

Keith Bohannon, degree 2001
Associate Professor at University of West Georgia
Co-editor Campaigning with “Old Stonewall:” Confederate Captain Ujanirtus Allen’s Letters to His Wife (LSU, 1998)
Dissertation Title: “The Northeast Georgia Mountains during the Secession Crisis and Civil War”
Advisor: Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Anne Y. Brinton, degree 2011
Assistant Editor, Freedman & Southern Society Project
Dissertation Title:  “Households Built on Shifting Sands:  Slavery and Emancipation in the Loyal Western Border States”
Advisor:  William A. Blair

Barbara Gannon, degree 2005
Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida

Dissertation Title: “The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic” 
Advisor: Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Matthew Isham, degree 2010
Managing Director, Richards Civil War Era Center, The Pennsylvania State University
Dissertation Title:  “Breaking Over the Boundaries of the Party: The Role of Party Newspapers in Democratic Factionalism in the Antebellum North, 1845-1852” 
Advisor:  Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Christian B. Keller, degree 2001
Associate Professor, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Co-editor Damned Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg; Author Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory (Fordham, 2007)
Dissertation Title: “Germans in Civil War-Era Pennsylvania: Ethnic Identity and the Problem of Americanization” 
Advisor: Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Timothy Orr, degree 2010
Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University

Dissertation Title: “Calling Urban Men to Arms: Northern Cities Mobilize to Fight the Civil War

Robert Sandow, degree 2003
Associate Professor at Lock Haven University
Author Deserter Country:  Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians (Fordham, 2009)
Dissertation Title: “Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Mountains of Pennsylvania” 
Advisor: William Blair

Andrew Slap, degree 2002
Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University
Author The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era (Fordham, 2006)
Dissertation Title: “Transforming Politics: The Liberal Republican Movement and the End of Civil War Era Political Culture”
 Advisor: Mark E. Neely, Jr.

David G. Smith, degree 2006
Employed with Booz Allen in Washington, DC
Author Race and Retaliation: The Capture of African Americans during the Gettysburg Campaign in Virginia’s Civil War, eds. Peter Wallenstein and Bertram Wyatt-Brown (University of Virginia Press, 2005); and On the Edge of Freedom:  The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870 (Fordham University Press, October 2012)
Dissertation Title: “On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870” 
Advisor: William Blair

Michael Smith, degree 2005
Assistant Professor at McNeese State University
Author A Traitor and a Scoundrel: Benjamin Hedrick and the Cost of Dissent (University Delaware Press, 2003)
Dissertation Title: “The Enemy Within: Corruption and Political Culture in the Civil War North” 
Advisor: Mark E. Neely, Jr.

James Weeks, degree 2001; deceased
Served as editor of Civil War Times Illustrated; Author Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine (Princeton, 2003)
Dissertation Title: “Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine” 
Advisor: Gary Cross

Timothy Wesley, degree 2010
Lecturer at The Pennsylvania State University
Dissertation Title:  “The Politics of Faith: Religious Authority and Politics During the American Civil War” 
Advisor: William Blair

Karen Fisher Younger, degree 2006
Lecturer at Waynesburg University
Dissertation Title: “Africa Stretches Forth Her Hands Unto You: Female Colonizationists in the Antebellum United States” 
Advisor: Lori Ginzberg