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Stephen Berry

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Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era
Secretary-Treasurer, Southern Historical Association
Co-Director, Center for Virtual History
Associate Academic Director for Digital Humanities, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Stephen Berry feels compelled to study "old, unhappy, far-off things." A historian of mortality, his research explores the intersections of race, class, gender, family, violence, and death in the nineteenth-century South. He is the author or editor of six books on America in the mid-19th century, including House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War, the Book of the Month Club main selection for March 2008, and Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges. Berry is Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Historical Association; co-director, with Claudio Saunt, of the Center for Virtual History; and 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, Berry helps lead the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Georgia's Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Currently he is at work on two books: The Black Prince: The Emancipated Life of Prince Rivers of South Carolina for UGA Press and Count the Dead: Quantification and the Birth of Death as We Know It for UNC Press. Berry oversees the web project CSI Dixie devoted to the coroner's office in the nineteenth century South. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others.

Selected Publications:

Berry, Stephen, and James (Trae) Welborn. ““The Cane Of His Existence: Depression, Damage, And The Brooks-Sumner Affair””. Southern Cultures Volume 20.No. 4 (2014): n. pag. Print.

Berry, Stephen. “The Future Of Civil War Era Studies”. Journal of the Civil War Era (2012): n. pag. Print.

Berry, Stephen. “The Historian As Death Investigator”. Weirding The War. Stephen Berry. University of Georgia Press, 2011. Print.

Berry, Stephen. Weirding The War: Stories From The Civil War's Ragged Edges. University of Georgia Press, 2011. Web.

Berry, Stephen. Princes Of Cotton: Four Diaries Of Young Men In The South, 1848-1860. University of Georgia Press and Southern Texts Society, 2007. Web.

Berry, Stephen. House Of Abraham: Lincoln & The Todds, A Family Divided By War. Houghton Mifflin, 2007. Web.

Berry, Stephen. All That Makes A Man: Love & Ambition In The Civil War South. Oxford University Press, 2003. Web

Education:

PhD, University of North Carolina, History 2000

Of note:

Digital Extension Grant, American Council of Learned Societies, 2017
Digital Innovation Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 2013
Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2006-2007
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2009-2021
Parks-Heggoy Award, UGA History Graduate Student Association, for excellence in graduate student teaching, 2010, 2016

Events featuring Stephen Berry
101 LeConte Hall

This installment of the History Department’s undergraduate lecture series is presented by Dr. Stephen Berry. Professor Berry teaches the first half of the U.S. history survey and courses in nineteenth-century U.S. history, and he is a co-director of UGA’s Center for Virtual History. This is an FYO event.

Digi Lab, 3rd Floor of Main Library

HGSA's Professional Development Workshop is proud to showcase the role of Digital Humanities in the field of history.

Join us on Thursday, October 5th, on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library in the Digi Lab. 

There, a panel will offer their perspectives, opportunities that exist, and experience in adding a digital element to historical scholarship.…

101 LeConte Hall

Our ever-popular Lunchtime Time Machine talk series presents Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era as he explores the question "How did we double human life expectancy?" Berry feels compelled to study "old, unhappy, far-off things." A historian of mortality, his research explores the intersections of race, class, gender, family, violence, and…

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