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Stephen Berry

Civil War-Era America; U.S. South; race, gender, family, and culture

Associate Professor and Gregory Chair in the Civil War Era and Co-Director, Center for Virtual History
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Office: 324 LeConte
Office Hours: On leave

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Stephen Berry is the author or editor of four books on America in the mid-19th century, including House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War. He oversees the web project, “CSI Dixie,” devoted to the coroner’s office in the nineteenth century South and is co-director, with Claudio Saunt, of the Center for Virtual History. He is also co-editor, with Amy Murrell Taylor, of the UnCivil Wars series at the University of Georgia Press. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, he helps head the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Georgia. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Research and Teaching Interests

[African American]
[Cultural & Intellectual]
[Gender & Sexuality]
[U.S. 19th & 20th Century]
[U.S. South]
[War and Diplomacy]

Selected Publications

"The Future of Civil War Era Studies," Journal of the Civil War Era (2012)

"The Historian as Death Investigator," in Weirding the War, ed. Stephen Berry (University of Georgia Press, 2011)

Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges (University of Georgia Press, 2011) (editor) More Info

House of Abraham: Lincoln & The Todds, a Family Divided by War (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) More Info

Princes of Cotton: Four Diaries of Young Men in the South, 1848-1860 (University of Georgia Press and Southern Texts Society, 2007) Editor More Info

All That Makes a Man: Love & Ambition in the Civil War South (Oxford University Press, 2003) More Info

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians (2009-2015)

Digital Innovation Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (2013)

Parks-Heggoy Award, UGA History Graduate Student Association, for excellence in graduate student teaching (2010)

Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities (2006-2007)

Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (2006)

Courses Taught

HIST2111: U.S. History to 1865

HIST4072: U.S Civil War [Syllabus]

HIST4990: Senior Seminar [Syllabus]

HIST6072: U.S. Civil War [Syllabus]

Dissertations Supervised

Richier, Leah, "Domestic Tragedy: Family Violence in the Postwar South" (In Progress)

Davis, Laura J., "Vexed Waters: Confederate Naval Warfare Along the Lower Mississippi, 1861-1865" (In Progress)

Elder, Angela Esco, "Grieving for a Nation: The Emotional Politics of Confederate Widowhood" (In Progress)

Thomson, David, "Bonds of War: The Evolution of Financial Markets in the Civil War Era North" (In Progress)

Carroll, Dillon, "The Scourge of War: Injury and Suffering in the American Civil War " (In Progress)

Krause, Kevin, "In a Different "State" of Mind: Benjamin Tillman and the Transformation of State Government in South Carolina, 1885-1895" (In Progress)

Welborn, James (Trae), "Drinkin', Fightin', Prayin': The Southern White Male in the Civil War Era" (2014)

Reed, Lesley-Anne, "Paper Men: The Building of a Pine and Paper Empire in Savannah, Georgia, and the Promises of Industrial Order in the New South" (2012)

MA Theses Supervised

Elder, Angela Esco, "Grieving for a Nation: From Wife to Widow in the Confederate South" (2011)


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